There are five sentence elements in a sentence.
2. verb group
the sentence elements may be in one of 3 forms:
1. single word
According to wikipedia.org, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentence_element
,prepositional phrases may form prepositional objects and adverbials.
- Lorna gave the book to the old man. (SUBJECT + VERB + OBJECT + PREP OBJECT)
- We saw them in the evening. (SUBJECT + VERB + OBJECT + ADVERBIAL)
1. The building is in a dilapidated condition.
Is the prepositional phrase above is a prepositional object or an adverbial ?
Personally I think it is predicative(subjective complement, not adverbial complement), because it tells us more about the subject.
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Last edited by kl004535; 26-Dec-2009 at 02:33.
As regards type of complementality, it is adjectival rather than adverbial, since it specifies the nature of the building rather than its location. Cf. the truly adverbial prepositional complement of e.g.
The building is in a new housing development.