Object Complement‏‎s in English Grammar

Sentence Structure

Winston ChurchillA typical English statement has this form:

{subject} + {verb} + {object}

Churchill + enjoyed + breakfast.

We + considered + his answer.

The object comes last. If we add a word or phrase to the object to add some more information or describe it further, then this is known as an Object Complement.

Churchill enjoyed breakfast + in bed.

We considered his answer + ridiculous.

Mostly object complements are an adjective, noun or pronoun and often they’re found with verbs of perception or verbs that denote a change:

Many people consider Churchill the greatest British statesman.

We decided to paint our house red!

They named their child Winston.

Useful Links

SVO‏‎ – Subject Verb Object – more on the basic structure of many English statements

Objects‏‎ in English Grammar – a quick look at objects and what they are

Complements in English Grammar – all about complements in English

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