Why is slept the predicate not giraffes in ''The giraffes who had spent the whole day foraging for leaves slept.''?

I thought the predicate is everything after the subject so why is slept the predicate?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    The predicate is the part of a sentence containing the verb and anything that the verb relates to, here the only part that does that is 'slept'  if it had been 'slept all night' that would also be the predicate. The subject is Giraffes, the reminder tells you about the subject, not about the action.

  • 1 month ago

    Look for the basic skeleton of the sentence. What MUST be there? What can be left out?

    The absolute basics for this to be a complete sentence are "The giraffes slept".

    OK. What giraffes?The ones who had spent the day foraging for leaves - THOSE giraffes.

    OK. The giraffes who had spent the day foraging for leaves slept.

    Note that adding commas changes the meaning very slightly.The giraffes, who had spent the day foraging for leaves, slept.Unlike the first version without commas, this doesn't mean, "THOSE giraffes, the ones who spent the day foraging". It just means, "Oh by the way, here's some extra information about the giraffes who slept. They had spent the day foraging".

    But the first version tells you about some SPECIFIC giraffes - the specific giraffes who spent the day foraging. It's not talking about any other giraffes who spent the day swimming, or playing cards. It's telling you specifically about those giraffes who spent the day foraging.

  • 2 months ago

    Because "giraffes" is the subject and the verb "slept" is the predicate:  The giraffes, who had spent the whole day foraging for leave, slept.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    That sentence has an awkward ending. At its simplest it should be  '...foraging for leaves now slept.'

    There should be commas after 'giraffes' and after 'foraging'.

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  • 2 months ago

    Giraffes is the subject.  The giraffes slept.  the "who (they are not people so should not be who) had spent the whole day foraging..." is a secondary clause. the basic sentence is simply "The giraffes slept".  subject-verb.

  • 2 months ago

    The sentence contains an adjectival clause which qualifies the subject.  That doesn't form part of the predicate.

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