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    object complement or attributive

    Here comes a sentence:
    It must be someone having fun.
    "It" is the subject and "must be" is the predicate. Then I classify "someone" as the predicative.
    So, the controversy appears--"having fun" is the object complement or the attributive??

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    Re: object complement or attributive

    As "predicative" is an adjective I wonder what you mean by "the predicative".
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    Re: object complement or attributive

    The terminology in this area can be confusing.

    In my opinion (and terminology) "someone" is a predicate nominative. It follows a linking verb and reflects back on the subject. "Having fun" is a participial phrase acting as an adjective that modifies "someone".

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    #4

    Re: object complement or attributive

    Can we consider having fun to be a reduced relative clause ? Someone
    (who is) having fun?
    Thanks.

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    #5

    Re: object complement or attributive

    Yes.

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    #6

    Re: object complement or attributive

    Quote Originally Posted by xxwzs View Post
    "It" is the subject and "must be" is the predicate.
    I think 'must be someone having fun' is the predicate, but I am not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by xxwzs View Post
    "having fun" is the object complement or the attributive??
    I think 'having fun' cannot possibly be the object complement because it does not follow a direct object.

    Quote Originally Posted by ronao View Post
    Can we consider having fun to be a reduced relative clause ? Someone
    (who is) having fun?
    Can we consider it ellipsis?

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    #7

    Re: object complement or attributive

    I wouldn't call it ellipsis.

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