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What is a subject complement?

 

Definition
 

A subject complement is a complement that is used to predicate a description of the subject of a clause.

Examples (English)
 
  • Ambrose was bishop.
  • Ambrose was holy.
Kinds
  Here are some kinds of subject complements:
 
Generic
  A subject complement is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 55, 737, 742

 

Crystal 1985:60

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 182

 

Mish 1991 926


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