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Every clause contains a predicate. The predicate is the highest VP (or AuxP) in a clause.
In English, clauses always have a VP predicate, however, this VP can also contain a semantically vacuous verb, such as the copula be, and an AP, NP, or PP (i.e. a predicative complement).Example: with a VP predicate (a), and an AuxP predicate (b)
a) _S_ (b) _S_ / \ / \ / pred / pred / \ / \ NP ____VP___ NP ______AuxP____ /__\ /_________\ /__\ /______________\ Pat read a book. Pat will read a book.
Read further on other grammatical functions:
- The Subject
- The Direct Object
- The Indirect Object
- The Predicative Complement
- The Oblique Complement
- The Modifier