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    Please tell me if I am right about the difference between a complement and an adjunct.

    1. I have been painting the wall all morning.

    (I have been painting the wall) - Although "all morning" has been removed, the meaning does not really change. The basic meaning is still the same, so "all morning" is an adjunct.


    2. I have painted the wall yellow.

    (I have painted the wall) - The basic meaning has changed after removing "yellow", though the sentence is still grammatical and correct. Therefore, "yellow" is an object complement, but not a verb complement.

    A verb complement is a complement that is required by a verb. For example:
    We had to put new locks on all the doors.
    "on all the doors" is a verb complement because the sentence becomes ungrammatical after removing it. (We had to put new locks)

    After reading my post, is the "yellow" above required by the verb (paint) or by the object (wall)?
    What do you think of it?
    Thank you.
    Last edited by panicmonger; 04-Oct-2010 at 11:35.

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    Re: Paint

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    Please tell me if I am right about the difference between a complement and an adjunct.

    1. I have been painting the wall all morning.

    (I have been painting the wall) - Although "all morning" has been removed, the meaning does not really change. The basic meaning is still the same, so "all morning" is an adjunct.


    2. I have painted the wall yellow.

    (I have painted the wall) - The basic meaning has changed after removing "yellow", though the sentence is still grammatical and correct. Therefore, "yellow" is an object complement, but not a verb complement.

    A verb complement is a complement that is required by a verb. For example:
    We had to put new locks on all the doors.
    "on all the doors" is a verb complement because the sentence becomes ungrammatical after removing it. (We had to put new locks)

    After reading my post, is the "yellow" above required by the verb (paint) or by the object (wall)?
    What do you think of it?
    Thank you.
    Not a teacher.
    You are right !..though i would say " on all the walls" is prepositional phrase ( begins with a preposition) and it functions as an adverb of place !( like "here", "there"...,which tells us where..)

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