Adverbial Adjuncts to Verb of Predicate

Adverbial Adjuncts to Verb of Predicate :

Anything which qualifies the action of the Verb (by saying something about the time, manner, place, cause, means, instrument, purpose or any other circumstance) is called its Adverbial Qualification.

All such additions, since they qualify the Verb, must be either Adverbs or words having the force of an Adverb.

Study carefully the following examples of Adverbial Qualification.

1. He sleeps soundly.
2. They walked side by side.
3. He died young.
4. He walked ten miles.
5. He fell into a deep well.
6. The weather being fine, we decided to walk.

Direct Object or Indirect Object :

The different forms in which a Direct Object can be expressed are…

1. Noun :
The snake bit the man.

2. Adjective used as Noun :
He satisfied the public.

3. Pronoun :
My friend will not deceive me.

4. Noun-Infinitive :
He deserves to succeed.
She loves to play with the children.

5. Gerund or Verbal Noun :
He likes riding.

6. Noun-phrase :
They did not know how to do it.

Two ways are there to express an Indirect Object as a Noun or a Personal Pronoun.

1. He gave James a book.
2. I showed him my stamp album.
3. He gave me his pen.
4. They offered my son their daughter.
5. He gave the door a coat of paint.
6. I must give my car a wash.
7. Such conduct will get the locality a bad name.

Complement :

When the Complement comes after an Intransitive Verb, it is called a Subjective Complement because it relates to the Subject.

But when it comes after a Transitive Verb in the Active Voice it is called an Objective Complement, because it relates to the Object.

The following are the various forms in which a Complement can be expressed.

The citizens made him their king. (Objective)
That beggar turned out a thief. (Subjective)

She made her sister’s quarrel her own. (Objective)
This book is mine, not James's. (Subjective)

The judge set the prisoner free. (Objective)
The prisoner is now free. (Subjective)

They found her weeping. (Objective)
He seemed much pleased. (Subjective)

Preposition with Object
We found the poor girl in tears. (Objective)
He is in a sad plight. (Subjective)

Qualifying Infinitive
The judge sentenced the prisoner to be hanged. (Objective)
This house is to let. (Subjective)

That noise kept him awake. (Objective)
The man has fallen asleep. (Subjective)



  1. The Adverb
  2. Adverbs
  3. An Adverb
  4. The Adverb Clause
  5. The Kinds of Adverbs
  6. Simple Adverbs
  7. Interrogative Adverbs
  8. Relative Adverbs
  9. Relative Adverb of Quantity
  10. Demonstrative Adverb of Quantity
  11. Degrees of Comparison in Adverbs
  12. Adverbs ending in LY
  13. LY Words That are not Adverbs
  14. LY Imposters
  15. The Forms of Adverbs
  16. Adverb Phrases
  17. The Two Uses of Adverbs
  18. Attributive Use of Adverbs
  19. Predicative Use of Adverbs
  20. Adverbial Adjuncts to Verb of Predicate
  21. The Adverb
  22. Relative Adverbs

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