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    Complement vs object

    Please explain me why a phrase "to keep up their standard of living" is complement of a sentence. Am I correct saying that "their standrad of living" would be seen as the object of the phrasal verb "to keep up"?

    Would you please also explain me why "make a nice change" is the complement (rather than object) in the sentece: "A quiet afternoon at home would make a nice change" Thank you very much

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    Re: Complement vs object

    Quote Originally Posted by olegv View Post
    Please explain me why a phrase "to keep up their standard of living" is complement of a sentence.
    A lot depends on which sentence, Oleg!

    To keep up their standard of living is important for them.

    Here, the part in bold is the subject, for example. Depending on the syntactic arrangement, this phrase can be many things.

    Quote Originally Posted by olegv View Post
    Am I correct saying that "their standrad of living" would be seen as the object of the phrasal verb "to keep up"?
    Pravilna!

    Quote Originally Posted by olegv View Post
    Would you please also explain me why "make a nice change" is the complement (rather than object) in the sentece: "A quiet afternoon at home would make a nice change" Thank you very much
    In this sentence, "be" can stand proxy for "make". This alone motivates me to think of "make" as being part of a copulative construction (SVC) as opposed to a subject-verb-object construction.

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    Re: Complement vs object

    C in SVC = Complement

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