Complement of The Verb

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Complement of The Verb :

Look at the sentences below. The words in italics are complements.

This is Suresh.
These CDs are mine.
I feel very fine today.
She looks really cheerful.
Kalpana Chawla became a great astronaut.

A complement is a word or word group that follows a verb and relates it to the subject. If describes the subject or identifies it. Only a small number of verbs like be (= am / is / are / was/ were), become, seem, appear, look and feel have complements.

Verbs which have complements are called linking verbs. In some senses verbs turn, grow, go, get & keep are used as linking verbs.

The leaves turned yellow.
The teacher grew angry.
The screen went blank.
It is getting late.
He fell asleep.
The children kept quiet.

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