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    Object complement

    How do we know if a complement is complementing an object?

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    Hello, Mawes:

    As you know, the word "complement" comes from "to complete."

    "Tom painted the house" is a good sentence.

    "Tom painted the house red" is also a good sentence. The speaker wants to tell you the color that was used. As you can easily guess, "red" must be complementing "house."

    Maybe you can post two or three sentences that confuse you. (I remember your excellent post regarding what an infinitive modifies. I am VERY eager to see your questions about objective complements.)

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    Re: Object complement

    These are simple sentences I made.

    1. The guy robbed a girl walking down the street.

    2. The guy robbed a girl interested in her watch.

    To me, those sentences can modify subject and direct object.

    I was trying to make an infinitive sentence but I can't think of one. If anybody wants, you can make one.
    Last edited by mawes12; 06-Jul-2015 at 13:08.

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    Re: Object complement

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    Hello, Mawes:

    I think that if you told the police: "I saw the guy rob a girl walking down the street," the police would assume that you had said: "I saw the guy rob a girl [who was] walking down the street."

    If you wanted the participial phrase to modify the subject, do you agree that it would have be expressed as: "I saw the guy [who was] walking down the street rob a girl." [Maybe she was NOT walking down the street. Maybe she was just sitting at an outdoor cafe.]


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    I am eager to see another member's comment regarding sentence #2. I do not have the confidence to comment.

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    Re: Object complement

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    I do not have the confidence to comment.
    I think that's an infinitive sentence I was trying to find.

    I will post this and another one in order to find object complements.

    1. I do not have the confidence to comment.

    2. I don't have time to waste.

    [QUOTE=TheParser;1168658]If you wanted the participial phrase to modify the subject, do you agree that it would have be expressed as: "I saw the guy [who was] walking down the street rob a girl." [Maybe she was NOT walking down the street. Maybe she was just sitting at an outdoor cafe.] [/QUOTE]

    I think "walking down the street" is an object complement modifying modifying the guy(Direct Object). I'm not sure though.
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    "Tom painted the house red" is also a good sentence. The speaker wants to tell you the color that was used. As you can easily guess, "red" must be complementing "house."
    In that sentence, I would call "red" a resultative adjective. Other examples are:

    The chef cooked the steaks rare.
    She dyed the shirt blue.

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    Re: Object complement

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    a resultative adjective.
    I never heard that before.

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    Re: Object complement

    Feel free to Google it. It describes a change in the direct object resulting from the action of the verb.

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    Re: Object complement

    I think it almost works like an adverb.

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    Re: Object complement

    Not at all. The house becomes red, the steaks become rare, and the shirt becomes blue.

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