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Complement and Modifier

06 Sep

Without my sharing with you something about  Complement and Modifier, I am sure you’ve already known what they are.  Just to ring you the bell below are some explanations:

Complement: A complement completes the verb.  It is similar to the subject because it is usually a noun or noun phrase.  Please note that every sentence does not require a complement. The complement CANNOT begin with a preposition.  A complement answers the question what? or whom?

Examples of complements:

  • John bought a cake yesterday   (what did John buy?)
  • Jill was driving a new car.           (What was Jill driving?)
  • He wants to drink some water   (What does he want to drink?)

Modifier: A modifier tells the time, place, or manner of the action.

Note: Every sentence does not require a modifier.  A modifier answers the question when? where? or how?

Examples of Modifiers:

  • John bought a book at the bookstore  (Where did John buy a book?) – modifier of place.
  • Jill was swimming in the pool yesterday (Where was Jill swimming?)  – modifier of place & modifier of time.
  • He was driving very fast. (How was he driving?)  – modifier of manner.

YOUR TASK: Please read all the examples several times. Enjoy reading them until your ears familiar with your voice and you can critize your voice immediately.

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2 Comments

Posted by on September 6, 2011 in English Lessons & Exercises

 

2 responses to “Complement and Modifier

  1. Susindra

    September 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Bunda…. kok tidak paham, ya?
    Sudah lama tidak berteori ria.

     
    • ycancerina

      September 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      Susindra, apanya tuh yang gak paham? Ajukan pertanyaan biar bunda jelaskan, hehehehehe….. Pasti bunda jelaskan sampe Susi gakbisa lupa lagi. Ok

       

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