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As an example:

In some cultures, people regard men as breadwinners.

my textbook says: ''as breadwinners'' is the complement to ''regard'', but I think it is the attribute to ''men''. Which one is correct?

Also, can complements be used to describe verbs or other words? I only know they can be used to describe the subject and the object in a sentence.

  • Your textbook is right. "Breadwinners" is a predicative complement of "regard"; it only refers to "men". Complements can take many forms AdjPs, NPs, clauses etc. and be dependents of most word categories. – BillJ Apr 21 at 9:00
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Your textbook is right. "Breadwinners" is a predicative complement of "regard"; it only refers to "men". Complements can take many forms AdjPs, NPs, clauses etc. and be dependents of most word categories.

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