Subordinate Adjective Clauses: Predicate Adjectives


I am a bit rusty on where we left off our misadventures in subordinate adjective clauses. I’ve been negotiating a contract for ghostwriting and it has me a bit distracted now. Good news is, I am adding ghostwriting services to the shop. If you have a story you want to read but haven’t found it on the market, or you have and it was gawd awful, hit me up!

The last post in our subordinate clauses series covered the different types of noun clauses, and now we will cover adjective clauses.

In “Noun Clauses Cont.,” I covered the predicate nominative with the phrase:

Her looks are a deception.


Her looks are deceiving.

Her looks are deceiving is a predicate adjective.

A predicate adjective is a subordinate adjective clause that renames the subject with an adjective. The subject and adjective are connected with a linking verb.

With a predicate adjective, the linking verb would indicate the relationship between the subject and the adjective describing it.

Linking verbs are forms of to be:

Am, is, was, were, be, being, been.

They can also be the following:

Remain, seem, appear, look, turn, grow, sound, taste, smell, stay, keep, prove.

Predicate Adjectives add variety to prose. They help you describe subjects without having to put the adjective in front of it.


The sleepy boy yawns.


The boy looks sleepy.

Examples of predicate adjectives:

This place smells terrible.

Place is the subject, smells the linking verb, and terrible the adjective.

Lucille is horrible at keeping records.

Lucille is the subject, is the linking verb, and horrible the adjective describing what Lucille is like at the task of keeping records.

This blog appears hackneyed.

Blog is the subject, appears the linking verb, and hackneyed the adjective describing the blog.

The blog’s author seems self-deprecating.

Author is the subject, seems the linking verb, and self-deprecating the adjective.

We remain joyless in our pursuit of financial freedom.

We is the subject, remain the linking verb, and joyless the adjective, describing how we are in our pursuit.

In the next post, we will go into more detail on subordinate adjective clauses.

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