predicate adjective

A predicate adjective is in predicate position; e.g. “the word is good“.

An attributive adjective is in attributive position; e.g. “the good word”.

Learn how to diagram PAs here.

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Greek:

An adjective in predicate position is anarthrous. When translating, some form of the verb “to be” will be necessary.

The following sentences all mean, “The word is good.”

ο λογος αγαθος
αγαθος ο λογος

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Hebrew:

The predicate adjective will never be articular (BBH 62).

An attributive adjective must agree with whatever it is modifying in gender , number, and definiteness.  video

A predicate adjective precedes the noun it modifies. It must agree with this noun in gender , number, but not definiteness.  video

A substantive adjective will be performing some noun function.  video

 

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