English Complements


A complement is a word or a group of words (usually an adjective or a noun) that is used after linking verbs (such as be and become). The complement identifies or describes the subject of the verb.

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"She seems very pleased."

"She seems very satisfied."

Examples (the complement is in bold):

  • I am a singer.

  • He is Jack.

  • She became angry.

  • Amy turned red.

  • I am Beth.

  • You are a teacher.

  • He is a good cook.

  • He became a successful businessman.

  • Lisa seems more tired than usual

  • You don't look so surprised.

  • Dinner smells wonderful!

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