I used to start learning a few languages, admittingly my interest ,stamina and brain force didn't last for more than a couple of days each.

Nethertheless, I noticed , that the different grammars explained clauses being divided into Subject and Verbs as their minimal requirements.

Now, Subject is a sentence part and verb is a part of speach, furthermore other definitions of clauses name Subject and Predicative as the minimal requirements for a clause , which is a blessing feeling of absence of cognitive dissonance since in this case both are sentence parts.

But why is it so?

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    Predicate is a logical term. Subject is a grammatical relation. Verb is a lexical category, and Verb Phrase is a phrase that acts like a verb. These are different kinds of thing, and they don't pertain to the same contexts. Naturally, that means people can get confused when they use them all in the same context. That, and the fact that every grammar uses its own terminology in its own way, because every language works differently.
    – jlawler
    Mar 13, 2017 at 23:45
  • My fault, I meant predicative Mar 14, 2017 at 7:37
  • But are there any grammars that do that? Mar 14, 2017 at 10:31
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    I find the question perfectly valid. I myself found it confusing when I first heard the frequently used description "subject - verb - object word order" where two different concepts have been mixed up (although there is justification to this). Mar 14, 2017 at 11:37
  • I did not make a clear distinction between modern grammars and traditional Mar 14, 2017 at 14:51


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