Can you tell me the simple predicate for the following sentences? How do you know?

1)Reporters were not allowed into the stadium.
2)The fastest runner in the world had been challenged to a race.
3)The winner will be applauded.

1 Answer

The simple predicate for each sentence is:
1) were
2) had been challenged
3) will be applauded


The simple predicate is the verb (or verbs) in a sentence.
A verb is a word for what the subject of a sentence is or does.

The complete predicate is all of the words that follow a verb that are related to that verb. A sentence may have more than one verb and more than one complete predicate.

The complete predicates are:
1) were not allowed into the stadium
2) had been challenged to a race
3) will be applauded