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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Confusing word order of “more a lowering of some positions…”

Consider: “It was a risk-off shift in the last three days,” Benno Galliker, a trader at Luzerner Kantonalbank AG in Lucerne, Switzerland, said. “It’s probably more a lowering of some positions ...
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What is wrong with this passive form?

He is not satisfied. He is not profited. He is not injured by it. He is not controlled by them. He is not worried. He is not ashamed. He is not tied to it. He is not naked. He is not ...
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I am without an article? (with regard to a job title)

Is it grammatically okay to say I am [..] instead of I am [article] [...] Example I am software developer Programming tag since my question actually is can I say 'I am developer'? I would ...
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What do you think about the grammar of this quote …?

"It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success" ..' According to me it should be "it took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight successful person" or it should be "it took ...
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Help me parse this sentence

Do you know what he is pretending that the broom is? The that-clause within the what-clause is confusing me. Is this a grammatical sentence?
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Meaning the “of” clause in a sentence?

is the "of" clause used correctly in the 2nd sentence? If so, what is the difference between the 1st and 2nd. she is pretty she is of pretty
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Is the usage of “if” correct here?

The only way to know you've done the job is if I go in with you. I guess the sentence describes that only if I go in with you, I can know that you've done the job or not. But is the sentence correct? ...
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How to interpret this what-clause?

The last time I saw her was red. The sky was like soup, boiling and stirring. In some places, it was burned. There were black crumbs, and pepper, streaked across the redness. Earlier, kids ...
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What does this happy mean?

There were a hundred and forty-two staircases at Hogwarts: wide, sweeping ones; narrow, rickety ones; some that led somewhere different on a Friday; some with a vanishing step halfway up that you had ...
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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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The professor is said to have been a genius when young

The professor is said ___ a genius when young. 1) that he was 2) to have been This is a question from a English forum. OP asks he thinks both seems correct, but why is the answer 2) (maybe ...
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Are these predicative complements or adverbials?

As Harry helped himself to a treacle tart, the talk turned to their families. "I'm half-and-half," said Seamus. "Me dad's a Muggle. Mom didn't tell him she was a witch 'til after they were ...
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Can nouns license their complements to be followed?

The spying row between Australia and Indonesia shows no sign of easing, and overnight a powerful minister within the Indonesian government said talks about any future cooperation on asylum seekers ...
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How do I understand these multiple complements?

“And we believe that the best situation for all parties involved would be for us to have custody of Zoe, to raise her in a warm and stable family situation, to provide her with the kind of upbringing ...
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structure: I stood guard

“I need you with me,” she said. “Don’t go away again.” But I hadn’t gone away! I had been abducted! I could feel the sleep pressing down on her. “I need you with me,” she said. “I’m ...
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Is this 'of anything' a complement or adverbial?

Simon thereupon went to his father and said: “You are rich, batiushika [little father], but you have given nothing to me. Give me one-third of what you possess as my share, and I will transfer it ...
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complement of lexical verb 'dare'

"Never mind that, do you think he remembers what You-Know-Who looks like?" Their mother suddenly became very stern. "I forbid you to ask him, Fred. No, don't you dare. As though he needs ...
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Is this a complementizer what?

  He bought Harry a hamburger and they sat down on plastic seats to eat them. Harry kept looking around. Everything looked so strange, somehow.    "You all right, Harry? Yer ...
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Two semantic interpretaions for 'I've ever seen'

The slim thighs I’ve ever seen. (1) The slimmest thighs I’ve ever seen. (2) Grammatically, the first highlighted part might be called relative clause modifying the previous noun phrase, and the ...
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complements of 'typical of'

"It's typical of men to annex a global trend and turn it into a male device to reject women to make themselves feel clever and us feel stupid." (Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary) It seems ...
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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 this prepositional phrase a resultative complement?

At this moment the boat bumped gently into the harbor wall. Hagrid folded up his newspaper, and they clambered up the stone steps onto the street. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) Judging ...
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The usage of “being” and “in which”

Here, I am confused about how to make a meaningful sentence. This is my idea. I want to say: Another example for under-segmentation is shown in Fig 14. By this effect, nearby dormers have merged. ...
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construction of 'went ranting on'

"You knew?" said Harry. "You knew I'm a –– a wizard?" "Knew!" shrieked Aunt Petunia suddenly. "Knew! Of course we knew! How could you not be, my dratted sister being what she was? Oh, she got a ...
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Are these two that-clauses complements for the same verb?

To believe that there’s order and I have a place in it, is just too scary, that if I’m not here doing what I’m supposed to do, nothing else will be right. (Kathy Holwadel) There are two that-...
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Are these two phrases predicative complements?

“I was born a son of a bitch and I’m going to die a son of a bitch.” (One Hundred Years of Solitude, tr. by Gregory Rabassa) It seems like ‘was born’ and ‘am going to die’ are Catenative Verb; both ...
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Why isn't there any complement for 'do'?

Malfoy now turned to Hagrid. "I'm not going in that forest, he said, and Harry was pleased to hear the note of panic in his voice. "Yeh are if yeh want ter stay at Hogwarts," said Hagrid ...
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Is this verb kick followed by resultative complement?

Kurt Tippett kicked two goals last night. (Aussie ABC News) It seems that this sentence is ‘one-complement pattern with monotransitive verb (Angela Downing’s term). Can we call ‘two goals’ the ...
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Is this a predicative complement?

Why,” Adam cried, “these boys are not alike! They don’t look alike.” “Of course they don’t. They’re not identical twins.” “That one-that one looks like my brother. I just saw it. I wonder if ...
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Is this to a complementizer?

“I don’t think what to name them,” Adam said. (John Steinbeck, East of Eden) Is the to a complementizer leading the object of think; and what, the object of name?
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Should I remove “to” in this sentence

They went to jogging this morning. They went jogging this morning. Should I remove "to" in this sentence,If yes than why.
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Doesn't 'it had been' need a complement?

The sun rose on the same tidy front gardens and lit up the brass number four on the Dursleys' front door; it crept into their living room, which was almost exactly the same as it had been on the ...
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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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Does this sentence have two objects and complement for one of them?

I reflected. Poverty looks grim to grown people; still more so to children: they have not much idea of industrious, working, respectable poverty; they think of the word only as connected with ragged ...