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    Smile Normal verb + subjective complement

    Dear teachers,

    Is the sentence below correct, even if the verb "arrive" is not a linking verb/copular verb ?

    1. After all my intensive care, the ceramics arrived broken.

    Is "broken" above still regarded as subjective complement ? Is the sentence correct ?

    I am much obliged to you for your guidance.

    Thanks

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    Re: Normal verb + subjective complement

    Quote Originally Posted by kl004535 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Is the sentence below correct, even if the verb "arrive" is not a linking verb/copular verb ? Yes, it is correct.

    1. After all my intensive care, the ceramics arrived broken. I wouldn't use "intensive" there. "intense" would be better, or you could use words like 'great' or 'extreme'. Otherwise the sentence is okay.

    Is "broken" above still regarded as a subjective complement ? My understanding is that 'subject complements' only follow linking verbs.

    "broken" is a past-participle adjective modifying "the ceramics".



    I am much obliged to you for your guidance.

    Thanks
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