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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Why has “strangely” been used instead of “strange” in the sentence “Harry felt strangely”?

Isn't "feel" a linking verb here? If so, shouldn't "strange" be used in lieu of "strangely"? A tinkling bell rang somewhere in the depths of the shop as they stepped inside. It was a tiny place, ...
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position of “by about 12 minutes”

1.My watch is by about 12 minutes fast. 2.My watch is fast by about 12 minutes. Which position is better for the completement "by about 12 minutes"?
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The managers did not know whom to trust

I don't know why the writer use 'to' before verb 'trust'. Following is the pattern used in a verb 'trust' "trust somebody to do something" Now, why we use 'to' before trust? The managers did ...
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Is the bold phrase an object complement?

I read the following paragraph from a book and I want to confirm whether the bold phrase is an object complement or a subject complement? Then The New York Times wrote an absolute rave review of ...
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not to be inspired by its promise and its example

I defy any person to travel to this great country at any time and not to be inspired by its promise and its example. - from Theresa May’s speech to Republicans in Philadelphia What is the grammar and ...
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Is “want someone to do” double objects?

This might be double objects or an object with a complement. Which is right?
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Complement of “require” in this sentence

I wrote: In general, the proposed methods search for repetitive structures to identify data regions. As a consequence, they require, at least, two or several data records to exist on a web page for ...
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Use of “where” to add details

I wrote: For example, to extract the price field from a product and save it as a distinct XML node inside the product’s node, an appropriate pattern can be defined using the “price” handle and the “...
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About infinitives

Source (Golden Compass) "They're making too much noise to hear from the kitchen," Lyra whispered back. What is author's intention of using "to hear from the kitchen"? People usually keep calm to ...
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Which is correct: bad or badly?

I think that "I feel badly that he is sick" is correct because the word badly modifies the verb FEEL: How I feel. Someone suggested that "I feel bad that he is sick" is correct because the word BAD ...
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can we “discover that the house will have been haunted”?

Are the following sentences grammatical? They will discover that the house will have been haunted. They discover that the house will have been haunted. They discovered that the house will ...
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what's the difference between object complement and “that” clause?

I'm not a native English speaker. for me, those two sentences are the same meaning: one): it was more about me being obsessed with the job. two): it was more about that I was obsessed with the job.
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Why use verb-ing in this sentence?

Take a look on this sentence. Today 71 years ago US dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima killing over 1000000 Why in this sentence it uses killing, is it a noun and "Hiroshima killing over 1000000" ...
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What are the subject complements in “Opportunity is missed by most people and it is dressed in overalls and looks like work”?

Opportunity is missed by most people and it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. In the sentence, are the words 'missed' and 'dressed' subject complements? And I'd like to know whether past ...
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Difference between complements (italian vs english)

To be honest I didn't know where to post such question... since it is English related I'm posting it here. Lately I've been watching several videos about sentence structure in English, and I have a ...
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How can I know whether some random verb takes a verbal complement that’s an infinitive or a gerund — or either?

I’m studying for TOIEC, and I was just now working on some of the sample problems. I find this next one very confusing: Our company policy requires employees ____ in accordance with federal safety ...
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Use of so called for…to complementizer with certain adjectives

We can use "for...to" construction with many adjectives. I am happy for you to be admitted to college. I am glad for you to have finally found a job. I am willing for you to go ahead ...
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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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A locative complement before the direct object - is 'Do not park here your motorbike' correct?

I was walking with a friend and we saw a sign that said Do not park here your motorbike. Thank you. To me, it looks incorrect, and I think the correct sentence should be Do not park your ...
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How to identify complements that make verbs semantically complete?

The verbs are: "sleep", "eat", and "put". Then, I need to figure out example sentences for each...
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The use of “contact someone with something”

With these facts, Katia figures out that her dad would be living in a country which has a warm climate where orchids can grow, has Tamil as one of its official languages and where advanced medical ...
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Can I say to my girlfriend “You are my whole”?

I want to say to my girlfriend that she is everything for me. And my question is if I can say her this thing by the sentence "You are my whole". I made a little googling about but I didn't find a ...
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What does the question “What are the very serious diseases caused by mosquitoes?” need, subject or complement?

What are the very serious diseases caused by mosquitoes? I'd like to know whether the word "What" is used as a subject in the question above . Thanks.
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Which sentence is grammatically incorrect?

It is fun to talk with foreigners. Do you have something to eat? This is a deep lake to swim. She must be warm-hearted to help you. She lived to be ninety. On the answer sheet, the answer ...
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Watercolor is by reputation an amateur's medium

consider: Watercolor is by reputation an amateur's medium. I think I can rephrase above sentence as below: From the reputation point of view, watercolor is an amateur's medium. Am I right? If ...
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“No one had told Smith about {there would be / there being} a lecture the following day.”

No one had told Smith about __________ a lecture the following day. A.there would be B.there being Could you tell me why teachers suggest the correct answer is B rather than A? I personally ...
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What does “It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated…” mean? (From Lincoln's Gettysburg Address)

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address included a sentence that started like this¹: It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work… What is this construction? It is… for us…...
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How to understand and analyse the expression of “<somebody> returned a hero”? Is there an ellipsis?

I came across the expression of "<somebody> returned a hero" in the context below, With Chonghou in prison, Zeng Jize, son of a celebrated general, Zeng Guofan, was sent to Russia to ...
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Can I rewrite this as “… students angry have walked out”?

Students angry that former TV Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins was speaking at a Brunel University debate have walked out in protest. (Source) Is it possible to rewrite the above sentence in this ...
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adjectives before and after nouns: “My white computer” vs. “My computer is white”

what is the difference between these 2 sentences in meaning and when adjective comes after the noun like in these sentences? My white computer My computer is white PS: I am not an advanced ...
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Gerund phrase or participle phrase

Q1 : Nothing would prevent him speaking out against injustice. I guess that "speaking out against injustice" is a gerund phrase as an object complement. Am right? Q2: Last night I saw him riding his ...
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How to Discern an Asyndetic Coordinate Subject Complement?

". . .to let fall is absolute indifference, absolute contempt;" I think this got maybe discerned an asyndetic coordinate subject complement. May something like He was a moody man, his temper was ...
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Can you say “New York is in night time”?

New York is in night time. New York is night time. Which one is correct? I know that you use "It's night time in New York", but does the inversion sound wrong apart from the grammar problem?
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What is different of a complement and a relative

I wonder if there is a difference in meaning between the two sentences that I give The sentence number one is the one where I consider 1.(shaking) 2.(watching) to be an objective complement. And ...
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What does “with both classmates and teachers” modify? How to parse this sentence?

We worry about our friendship with both classmates and teachers. Is the phrase with both classmates and teachers a complement of "our friendship" or a modifier?
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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?
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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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Should “come to know” be used with “about”?

Can it be used like "that's how I came to know about them"? E.g., being introduced to the work of artists.
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How many complements are in “I blame him for the failure of the report”?

Complement means required by the head. How many internal complements are required in the below sentence? I blame him for the failure of the report. and is it possible to say "I failed the report"?
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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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Bare infinitive vs to-infinitive

I found these sentences in my book: He did nothing but cry. He had no choice but to obey. Example #1 uses a bare infinitive ("cry"), but example #2 uses a to-infinitive ("to obey"). Why ...
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Does “what makes him good” mean that he asks why?

How to respond to this situation? A friend asks you what makes him good at speaking a foreign language. I want to ask about the meaning of "what makes him good" does it mean that He's good at ...
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.. topics that I should ( be looking / look ) into more deeply

This time is also the perfect opportunity for me to think over my final project and consider topics that I should ( be looking / look ) into more deeply. Which one is more common ? could you tell me ...
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What's the difference: We had hoped 'to live/to be living' in our new house by now…

We had hoped to live/to be living in our new house by now, but the builders are still working on it. UPDATED: I mean what is semantically the difference between to live and to be living there? Why ...
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Why is “Their insistence was that …” incorrect, when “His fear is that …” is correct?

Their insistence that the meetings should be held at lunch-time angered the staff. (correct) *Their insistence was that the meetings should be held at lunch time. (incorrect) His fear that he ...
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Where is the object of 'has' in: The nation has among the highest inflation rates?

The president of Venezuela announced last week that he and other government officials should take pay cuts as part of budget reductions. The Reuters news service says the reductions are meant to ...
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how to say something cannot be that way

This text was written by coffee1054 in this question: You might feel that it is impossible for resistance be strictly equal to zero: maybe it leads to some contradiction with Ohm's law. In the ...
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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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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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“Subjective complement and objective complement” [closed]

What is the difference between "subjective complement" and "objective complement"? How can I recognize them in the sentences? Is there any special rule for them? Do they use after special verbs? If ...