Questions tagged [complements]

For questions about expressions needed to complete the meaning of other expressions. Related to tags subject-complement and object-complement.

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“What it does is {VERB / to VERB / VERBing} …”?

For these expressions What a paper shredder does is tearing the paper/tear the paper in small pieces which can be easily disposed. What he wants to do is to become/become a ballplayer. Which ...
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What exactly is the word “there” in an existential construction? And related questions

Consider the example below: "There was a cat under the table." There have been numerous questions asked that have involved the topic of existential constructions and the word "there" that is used ...
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Is “considered” always followed by “as”?

I have the following idea: The reconstruction of object models is performed using a graph matching approach, which is considered a corner fixing dilemma. The reconstruction of object models ...
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Is “chicken” a modifier in “chicken soup”?

Wikipedia says "chicken" is an adjunct which modifies the head noun "soup." But I think this analysis is a little bit weird. How could it be modifying "soup"? "Chicken" doesn't seem to be describing ...
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Does the sentence “I am surprised” have the pattern (S+V+C)?

I am confused about this sentence pattern (S+V+C): I am surprised [ to see you ]. I am surprised [ at how many have never heard of it ]. I am surprised [ by his response ]. I am surprised [...
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Grammatical structure of the sentence “There is no dinosaur skin left to study.”

I am trying to figure out the grammatical structure of the following sentence: There is no dinosaur skin left to study. This is what I have: There is -> (what?) -> no skin -> (which/what?...
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It's/they're a pair of shoes

It might seem a trivial question but it occured to me whlie I was writing for an assignment. I know if I put a pair of in subject place, I should use a singular verb e.g. A pair of shoes is there. ...
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How many complements are in “I ask you to clean the room”?

How many complements are needed in the below sentence? "I ask you to clean the room." This sentence above has one complement or two complements?
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Are there solutions to know which verbs are followed by the infinitive or the gerund? [duplicate]

I can know some patterns like these. I enjoy cooking. He wants to swim. But for other verbs like admit, allow, agree, appear and so on. It seems that I have to remember which verbs are ...
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Complements in grammar, may they seem like objects?

He seemed hasty. Is hasty a complement, perhaps a verb complement, to seemed? There is no noun in the object position. May hasty be understood as an object here, to get a complete sentence?