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A predicate noun follows a form of the verb "to be".

He is an idiot. (Here idiot is a predicate noun because it follows is; a form of the verb "be".)

A predicate noun renames the subject of a sentence.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister. (Margaret Thatcher is the subject and Prime Minister is the predicate noun - notice it follows 'was' the past tense of 'to be'.)

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