Subject Complement

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What Is a Subject Complement? (with Examples)

A subject complement is a word or phrase which follows a linking verb (e.g., to be, to become, to appear, to feel, to look, to smell, to taste) and describes or identifies the subject. A subject complement is either an adjective, a noun, or a pronoun. For example (subject complements shaded): Read more about adjective phrases.
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More Examples of Subject Complements

In the examples below the subject complements are shaded and the linking verbs are bold:

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What are complements? What are object complements? What are linking verbs? Glossary of grammatical terms