Subject + Verb + Object + Complement

Pattern 5: subject + verb + object + complement

The subject of a sentence can be followed later by a complement. This is a word or group of words that complete its meaning. For example:
She became a freelance business writer.
The words a freelance business writer complete the subject she. They are the subject complement.

The object of the sentence can also have a complement, in sentences like this:

SUBJECT

VERB

OBJECT

COMPLEMENT

Elephants

make

children

happy.

The object complement

The object complement:

  • comes after the object
  • provides additional information about the object
  • can be:
    – a noun or ‘noun-like thing’ (as in They made me secretary), or
    – an adjective like happy.

Source: http://www.grammarforteachers.co.uk/Guide/Clause%20patterns/subjectverbobjeb.html

SUBJECT

VERB

OBJECT

COMPLEMENT

Elephants

make

children

happy.

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