Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    eipjoo's Avatar
    eipjoo is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    17
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Is this complement for subject or verb?

    My feet they are sore, and my limbs they are weary;
    Long is the way, and the mountains are wild;
    Soon will the twilight close moonless and dreary
    Over the path of the poor orphan child. (Jane Eyre)

    Ought the highlighted be called complement for subject, or complement for verb?

  2. #2
    Frank Antonson's Avatar
    Frank Antonson is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    1,151
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Is this complement for subject or verb?

    That's a pretty good question. It is a lot like "The gate swung shut", which was thoroughly discussed here.

    But, to make it easy, I would say that the words "and it will be" are understood, in which case would be ellipsis and "moonless and dreary" would be , in R-K terms, a compound predicate adjective -- one of the SUBJECT complements.

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] What is her name? <- Is 'what' a subject or a complement?
    By wotcha in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Feb-2013, 23:08
  2. Subject Complement
    By starry_eyes in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 23-Jun-2011, 07:56
  3. Subject Complement
    By Noego in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 25-Apr-2010, 19:09
  4. [Grammar] subject linking verb complement
    By marcosias in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 21-Feb-2010, 01:35
  5. Subject Complement
    By trixi68 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 21-Oct-2004, 12:09

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk