[lit-ideas] Re: Calling all linguists/grammarians

  • From: Adriano Palma <Palma@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Oct 2013 17:06:16 +0000

1.  The traditional term for a noun, pronoun, or other nominal that follows a 
linking verb. The contemporary term for a predicate nominative is subject 
This is pretty much the standard contemporary terminology.

'hope it helps

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Behalf Of Julie Krueger
Sent: 05 October 2013 06:52 PM
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Subject: [lit-ideas] Calling all linguists/grammarians

I'm tutoring a high school kid in Honor's English.  I thought I had a pretty 
solid grammar foundation -- I used to diagram sentences for fun, and I've 
studied French, Spanish, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin.  However.  The class seems 
to be making distinctions among predicate nominatives, subject complements, and 
appositives which are bewildering, especially since much of the material out 
there uses "predicate nominative" and "subject complement" interchangeably, and 
the sources that do not distinguish them differently from one another.  Her 
text is close to worthless because the teacher does not hew closely to it.  
There seems to be a fair amount of latitude in grammar terminology these days 
amongst sources and teachers.  Googling only confuses the issues because every 
"solid" website I can find either interchanges the terms synonymously, or 
distinguishes the terms from one another differently from the last website.

I'm going to ask the student if there's any way she can record the classes, but 
I'm looking at listening to hours of classroom explication if she's able to do 

Any and all thoughts, ideas, directions, observations, corrections, are 

Julie Campbell
Julie's Music & Language Studio
1215 W. Worley
Columbia, MO  65203

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