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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.