Structural Syntax: The Objective Complement


As with the direct object and indirect object, in the case of the objective complement the verb has two complements.  One of the complements functions like a direct object--it is a noun, a pronoun, or a construction functioning like a noun.   The objective complement itself might be either another noun or pronoun, or it might be an adjective or a construction functioning like an adjective.   The notion is that the objective complement of the verb functions to provide information about the object of the verb.

The objective complement is indicated in diagramming by labeling the complementation with a C, and then writing OC under the word or construction that serves as the objective complement.

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