Simple and Complete Predicates

A simple predicate is a grammatical construct (part of a sentence) that typically refers to the action that the subject is performing. The simple predicate (simple verb) is a single word (or group of words if a verb phrase) representing the verb without any of its modifiers whereas a complete predicate refers to the predicate/verb as well as all of its modifiers.

Examples of Simple and Complete Predicates/Verbs

Simple Predicates

The taxi-driver drove very quickly through the neighborhood.

Our team’s injured player scored the winning goal.

Their water supplies were running very low yesterday.

Complete Predicates

The taxi-driver drove very quickly through the neighborhood.

Our team’s injured player scored the winning goal.

Their water supplies were running very low yesterday.

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