Nominative Case

 

NOMINATIVE

CONJUGATED VERB

PREDICATE NOMINATIVE

Find the Subject—Who or what is being described?

Find the Verb—Does the verb express a state of being?

If the verb expresses a state of being, find the predicate nominative or predicate adjective—  What is renaming or describing the subject?

To find the subject and verb, say: who/what + verb (who/what is/seems)

To find the predicate nominative or predicate adjective, say: verb + who/what (is who/what, seems what)

Examples:

LINKING VERB

SUBJECT

VERB

PREDICATE NOMINATIVE

to be

Der Student

Der Mann

Die Studentin

Die Frau

ist

mein Bruder.

Arzt.

meine Schwester.

Ärztin.

LINKING VERB

SUBJECT

VERB

PREDICATE ADJECTIVE

to be

Der Mann

Der Student

Die Studentin

Die Frau

ist

glücklich.

sehr nett.

wirklich froh.

intelligent.

to remain—Er/sie bleibt ein Träumer (dreamer) sein/ihr Leben lang.

to become—Der Student wird Arzt. Die Studentin wird Ärztin.

to seem—Sie scheint sehr glücklich.

to appear—Er sieht sehr glücklich aus.