Jon started his team two players short against Eric.

This is my analysis of the above sentence.

Jon (Subject), started (Verb), his team (Object), two players short (Objective Complement), against Eric (Adverb Phrase)

I wonder if my analysis is correct.


  • I wouldn't like to say it's "incorrect" (but it might be; I'm not an expert on such terminology, which means little to most competent native speakers). But I would point out that the entire clause two players short against Eric is itself an "adverb phrase" (which could be replaced with a single-word alternative such as undermanned, yesterday, early, etc.). – FumbleFingers May 14 '18 at 13:05

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