How do you determine subject and predicate in questions? How do you find the simple/compound subject and the simple/compound predicate in a question?

An example being: Should Lyn and Laura be talking now or sitting quietly?

In this question, would the simple predicate be should be talking, or just be talking? I need help!

1 Answer

Answer:

To identify the subject and predicate (simple or compound) of a question sentence, make the sentence into a statement (a declarative sentence).

Explanation:

EXAMPLE
change:
"Should Lyn and Laura be talking now or sitting quietly?"
to:
"Lyn and Laura should be talking now or sitting quietly."

It's much easier to see that "Lyn and Laura" is the compound subject, and "should be talking now or sitting quietly" is the compound predicate.

Another EXAMPLE
change:
"How do you determine subject and predicate in questions?"
to:
"You do determine subject and predicate in questions, how."

The subject is "you", the verb is "do determine"; the predicate is the verb + the words that follow which are related to that verb.
The word "how" is an adverb that modifies the verb at the beginning or the end of the sentence.