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subject complement

A subject complement is the information that follows a linking verb to describe, identify, or rename the subject of the clause. Whereas most verbs describe the action a subject performs, linking verbs describe something about the subject, which is completed by the subject complement.
A subject complement can either be a predicate noun, a predicate pronoun, or a predicative adjective.
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sub′ject com`plement


n.
a word or group of words, usu. functioning as an adjective or noun, that is used in the predicate following a copula and describes or is identified with the subject of the sentence, as sleepy in The travelers were sleepy.
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Even the subject complement is plural: 'the convention centre and the about one kilometre monorail.
Therefore, the samples will be used by the Employer to assess the quality of our products (in the tender evaluation criterion quality - weight: 20%), will be treated as part of the offer, and their failure in the time required for submission of tenders, will result in rejection of the offer, samples will not be subject complement.
However, the variety of syntactic elements described in the models previously mentioned is more complete from a formal perspective, as they distinguish between the syntactic functions of subject, direct, indirect and prepositional objects, subject complement, object complement, predicator complement and adjunts.
Realizations of New and known topics in journalistic texts Absolute Values Formal realizations New topics Known topics Subject 67 587 Object 5 46 Adjunct 0 6 Predicator Complement 0 4 Subject Complement 0 2 Agent 0 5 Postmodifier 0 8 Total number 72 658 Values in percentages Formal realizations New topics Known topics Subject 93.
11) postmodifiers (Suspicion for the attack has fallen on the small band of Sikh separatists), (12) and finally, subject complements (It was still the Dead .
Though with a lower value in percentages, the new topics in the tourist brochures are also realized by other clausal elements such as adjuncts and subject complements (9.
Less frequently predominant are the topics realized by postmodifiers, predicator complements, adjuncts, agents and subject complements, as they barely reach the rate of 3.
Subjective personal pronouns function as subject and sometimes as subject complement; objective personal pronouns as object, prepositional complement, and sometimes as subject complement .
Those that depend on the number of the subject complement or predicate to decide the number of the verb
1,000,000 occurrences under three major headings: (a) as lexical verb in non-copular constructions; (b) as lexical verb linking subject and subject complement or direct object and object complement; and (c) as auxiliary verb.
Cauteles preseruatory's subject complements that of Shepherd's other satires and its impious voice matches particularly one of Shepherd's poems, A pore helpe, especially in its catalogue of the misfortunes which can befall unconsumed communion hosts.