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    Smile stretch taut

    Good day to all,

    Is the word stretched below a linking verb?

    My skin was stretched taut across my cheekbone.

    Now this time I would think "taut" is subject complement.
    What do you say?

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    Re: stretch taut

    I think "taut" is an adverb describing the manner in which your skin was stretched.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Smile Re: stretch taut

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I think "taut" is an adverb describing the manner in which your skin was stretched.
    Thank you, Barb_D.

    Could it be possible that "taut" is an adjective and "stretch" is a quasi-copula?

    This is what I am thinking:

    My skin grew taut.
    Maybe the term "grew" is not specific enough, so "stretched" replaces it and it becomes My skin stretched taut.

    To me, taut is still a subject complement, but I am not very sure of the type of "stretch"

    Thank you.

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    Re: stretch taut

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    To me, taut is still a subject complement, but I am not very sure of the type of "stretch"
    Oh... I think I was wrong because "taut" is not a subject complement but an adjective.

    This is my thought:

    "My skin stretched" is complete, but "My skin grew." is not complete, so it needs a complement. This one I can understand.

    In another case, "My skin stretched taut."
    At first, "taut" feels like an adverb, but due to the quasi-copula "stretched" in front of it, it is still an adjective modifying skin.

    This is my second thought.
    Thank you.
    Last edited by panicmonger; 23-Jul-2010 at 08:21.

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