What Are Predicate Adjectives? (with Examples)A predicate adjective is an adjective that follows a linking verb and modifies (i.e., refers back to) the subject of the linking verb.
A predicate adjective contrasts with an attributive adjective, which typically sits immediately before the noun it modifies.
Examples of Predicate AdjectivesBelow are some examples of predicate adjectives. In these examples, the predicate adjective is shaded and the subject being modified is in bold.
- Lee seems drunk. (The linking verb is seems.)
- Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else. (The linking verb is is.)
- If you look good, you don't need a purpose in life. (The linking verb is look.)
- What can you say about a society which says that God is dead, and Elvis is alive? (In both cases, the linking verb is is.)