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What is the subject complement in this sentence?

Painting is one of the oldest arts.

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asked by Kelley
  1. It can't be in the prepositional phrase.

    That leaves

    Painting is one

    Which of those words is the subject complement?

  2. I think it is one because painting is the subject?

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    posted by Kelley
  3. Right.

    The first thing you should do when analyzing a sentence is to note the prepositional phrases. Subjects, verbs, and complements are never in a prepositional phrase.

    I taught my students to first put parentheses around all the prepositional phrases before finding the rest of the parts of the sentence.

    http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/preposition.htm

  4. What about this sentence

    The subjects in early paintings were usually very important people.

    The subject complement is people?

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    posted by Kelley
  5. Right! :-)

  6. Can u check 2 more for me.

    Other subjects were historical or mythical figures.

    Would it be figures.

    Some paintings become huge, covering whole walls.

    Would it be huge?

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    posted by Kelley
  7. Both are correct.

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