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    jessf21 is offline Newbie
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    Default subjective complements

    I understand that a subjective complement may be an adjective or a noun.

    My question is can a subjective complement be a pronoun or an adverb?

    For example: is the adverb 'here' in the following sentence considered a subjective complement?

    Joe is here.


    How about a pronoun? Can that be a subjective complement? If yes, please provide an example.

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    Default Re: subjective complements

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Jess:

    I am old. (adjective)

    I am a retiree. (noun)

    I am he/him. (pronoun)

    *****

    I am here:

    I = subject.

    am = this is not the linking verb "be." It is a full verb meaning something like "to exist."

    here. = adverb. Tells where I am (exist).


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Default Re: subjective complements

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Jess:

    I am old. (adjective)

    I am a retiree. (noun)

    I am he/him. (pronoun)

    *****

    I am here:

    I = subject.

    am = this is not the linking verb "be." It is a full verb meaning something like "to exist."

    here. = adverb. Tells where I am (exist).


    HAVE A NICE DAY!


    Aha! Using the word "exist" to check whether be is used as a linking verb or (full?) verb is a very helpful trick.

    THANK YOU!

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