Objects and Complements

What is the difference between OBJECTS and COMPLEMENTS?

 

Subject is the person or things that does the action.

Object is what receives the action.

 

Complements are NOT objects but DO come after the verb.

Complements give MORE information about the SUBJECT.

 

For example: Maggie is Iranian

She is an author

She likes cooking (adj)

She became famous (adj)

The title of the book is Wuthering Heights

 

Both OBJECT and COMPLEMENT usually come AFTER the VERB in affirmative sentences and clauses.

OBJECTS are usually NOUN PHRASES

OBJECTS refer to the person or thing AFFECTED by the verb

 

COMPLEMENTS can be NOUN PHRASES or ADJECTIVES

COMPLEMENTS provide further information about the SUBJECT*

COMPLEMENTS follow LINKING VERBS (most common are: be, become, seem, appear, look, feel)

 

If you are teaching JOBS or NATIONALITIES you are teaching COMPLEMENTS

He is a chef, She is German

 

Some OBJECTS can be COMPLEMENTS too

·      ie:  Some like IT(obj) HOT (adj complement)

·      ie:  You drive ME (obj) CRAZY (adj complement)

 

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