Complement (predicative)

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The term complement is sometimes used to denote the grammatical function of predicative phrases, in the same sense as predicate nominal. This terminology is widely known especially from Quirk et al. 1985.


Subject complement: The country became independent.

Object complement: Most people considered Picasso a genius.


The term complement has many other uses, see complement.


Quirk, Randolph & Greenbaum, Sidney & Leech, Geoffrey & Svartvik, Jan. 1985. A comprehensive grammar of the English language. London: Longman.