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    Is complement an adjective phrase too ?

    Hi everyone, I am trying to revise my English grammar a little bit, and I came across some problems here about a complement. These examples below are one of the structures of a simple sentence which I picked from the book "Grammar Oxford Learner's Pocket by John Eastwood."

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    Subject + Verb + Object + ComplementEx: The project keeps everyone very busy
    Ex: All the publicity made the song a big hit
    here the complement (a big hit) relates to the object of the clause (the song)


    My question is, does complement play as an adjective, an adjective phrase, and adverb sometimes too
    Ex: The project keeps everyone very busy.

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    Re: Is complement an adjective phrase too ?

    I would say that a complement does all the things you mentioned. However, let's wait for one of the teachers to come by. (The word "complement" is not one that I use every day.)

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    Re: Is complement an adjective phrase too ?

    Hi Tarheel, thank you, I will see what others say.

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    Re: Is complement an adjective phrase too ?

    Quote Originally Posted by danghuynh88 View Post
    My question is, does complement play as an adjective, an adjective phrase, and adverb sometimes too.
    Ex: The project keeps everyone very busy.
    Yes: such complements, or more precisely "predicative complements" are almost always adjective or noun phrases, though adverb phrases and non-finite clauses do occur occasionally. In your example, the complement "very busy" is an adjective phrase. In your other example "All the publicity made the song a bit hit", the complement "a big hit" is a noun phrase.

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