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Do you think that it is grammatically correct to ask questions by leaving adjective complements alone?

How happy are you about the exam results?

How disappointed were you with my last behaviour?

How scared are you of snakes?

Thanks in advance.

  • What do you mean by "leaving ... alone"? Those are grammatical questions. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jun 9 '18 at 22:13
  • "About the exam results", "with my last behaviour", "of snakes" are adjective complements there and they are alone in those questions. However, the third one seems to be very weird because of "of snakes". We can't ask a question like "Which book did you buy of Stephen Hawking" but how can we ask the third question? @Tᴚoɯɐuo – Jawel Jun 9 '18 at 22:17
  • What do you mean by "alone"? Your Stephen Hawking question is not an analogue. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jun 9 '18 at 22:21
  • You are scared of snakes. "Of snakes" is not alone now because it has its own adjective next to itself. They are together. However, in the question forms, adjective complements are far away from their adjectives. – Jawel Jun 9 '18 at 22:25
  • OK. I see what you mean. Is it possible to separate the complement from the adjective? Yes it is idiomatic to separate the complement from the adjective. She was scared as she walked barefoot along the beach of getting stung by a stranded jellyfish. That separation might be considered preferable to She was scared of getting stung by a stranded jellyfish as she walked barefoot along the beach. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jun 9 '18 at 22:28

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