objective complement

objective complement

ob′ject com′plement


n.
a noun, noun phrase, pronoun, or adjective used in the predicate following a factitive verb and referring to or identified with its direct object, as treasurer in We appointed him treasurer or white in They painted the house white.
Also called objective complement.
[1905–10]
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Kathy is the direct object, and president is the objective complement.
It is the subjective side, not any objective complement, that matters.
In the first pair of statements, though "robbing" is a gerund used as an objective complement, it comes from a progressive form, as in "He was robbing the bank," and it carries a progressive-tense meaning.

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