Fly on the Wall Moment

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Setting:  My office
Time: Within the last few days
Characters: Me, my interns T & H
Activity: Me – answering e-mails; T & H scrapbooking

T:  What part of speech is the word crazy in the sentence, “She is crazy.”
Me:  Well, my first thought is adjective, but that’s not right.
T: It’s an adjective being used as a noun?
Me:  Yeah . . . that happens all the time.  It’s a predicate nominative.
H: The sentence has a linking verb, so crazy has to be a predicate nominative.
T: Predicate nominative . . . that makes total sense.

Everyone resumes previous activities.

photo courtesy of nullalux and this seems to be the original source.

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3 Responses to “Fly on the Wall Moment”

  1. SteveJanuary 24, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    Oh man! Good post! What did I create? Grammar Nerds!

  2. RuthMarch 11, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    I think it is an adverb describing the verb is.

  3. WaltJuly 9, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    What can I say………………

    You have the Wheaton education!

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