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I cannot tell which is a predicate adjective:

He looks ill today.

He looks disdianfully at the pile of laundry.

Ill or Disdainfully?

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    "Ill" is correct; "disdainfully" is an adverb, so it can't be any kind of adjective!

    Think of predicate adjectives as words that are describing the subject from the other side of the linking verb.

    Here are some examples:

    He is tall. ("tall" modifies "He")
    The book is old. ("old" modifies "book")

    There are some words in addition to forms of the verb "to be" that can be linking verbs -- to seem, to look, etc.
    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/verbs.htm#linking

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    thank you so much!!!

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