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a compound nominal predicate

3 years ago
Hello! When I read English grammar books I come across strange words that I don't understand. There's a creature called a compound nominal predicate. Could you explain what it is?
"The predicative is the significant part of the compound nominal predicate. It can be expressed in different ways: 1. By a noun in the common case, occasionally by a noun in the possessive case. She is a pretty child. (Galsworthy) The book is my sister’s. In Russian the predicative is expressed either by a noun in the nominative case or by a noun in the instrumental case. Он учитель. Он был учителем. 2. By an adjective. He’s awfully dear and unselfish. (Galsworthy)"