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Imagine a friend comes up to you and says, "The secret of success."

You might ask, "Huh? The secret of success is what?"

Your friend has left you hanging because her sentence is incomplete. Grammatically speaking, she has given you a subject  ("the secret to success")  but no predicate.

Here's what her sentence might look like with a predicate:

"The secret to success is to relax while you work."
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The predicate of a sentence or clause tells us something about the subject; it tells us what the subject is, does, seems, or has done to it.
The predicate always contains a word or word group acting as a verb.
In most English sentences, the predicate comes after the subject.


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