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'only i am able to know what i am thinking' - Please identify the subject and predicate for me :)

Dear Celeste,
You have two subjects in this sentence but one is in the dependent or subordinate clause and one in the main clause or independent clause.

Subordinate or dependent clause:  Only I am able to know...Subject is I...predicate (verb) is "am"
Independent or main clause:  I  is the subject...Verb is "am thinking"

Complete predicate in the dependent clause: am able to know
Complete predicate in the independent clause is: am thinking.

You may find help on complex sentences (that is what you have above) at my web site:

By the way, the words: to know is an infinitive.  That is also described at my website.

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