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NOT “COMPLIMENTS” COMPLEMENTS – THINK “COMPLETERS” 1. Come after a transitive verb 2. answer who? Or what? 3. can be a single word, a phrase, or a clause 4. must be a noun or pronoun Craig will read the book tomorrow. David finally repaired his broken window. Toby loves cooking scones. (phrase as DO) (Step 1. Find the verb = loves) (Step 2. Ask What? = cooking scones) The cat wants to eat our goldfish. (phrase as DO) (Step 1. Find the verb = wants) (Step 2. Ask What? = to eat our goldfish) She thought that the contract had ended. (clause as DO) (Step 1. Find the verb = thought) (Step 2. Ask What? = that the contract had ended) 1. come after a transitive verb 2. answer to whom? Or for whom? Examples: The teacher sent him a postcard. Mrs. Rogers will give her class an essay every nine weeks. Every time I ask her a question, she ignores me. A noun, a pronoun, or an adjective which follows a direct object to rename or describe it Examples: I found the guard sleeping. We all consider her unworthy. To obtain a man's opinion of you, make him mad. 1. come after linking verbs The following verbs are true linking verbs: any form of the verb be [am, is, are, was, were, has been, are being, might have been, etc.], become, and seem. These true linking verbs are always linking verbs. 2. rename (predicate nominative) or describe (predicate adjective) the subject **Some verbs can be linking or action depending on how they are used in the sentence: appear, feel, grow, look, prove, remain, smell, sound, taste, and turn.** Sarah proved the theory to be true. Studying the theory proved useless. She grows flowers in her garden. Melissa grows impatient with slow drivers. Brandon is a talented athlete. Brandon becomes embarrassed when people compliment his skill. That pie looks burnt to a cinder. (phrase as SC) I am sensitive when it comes to children. Mary seems inquisitive when she is in class. This new broccoli dish tastes delicious. Mariah sent me a card from Spain. Does this spider look dead to you? Ralph and Antwan will silk-screen the posters for the school play. Fruits and vegetables are important sources of vitamins and minerals. Alex offered me two free tickets to Friday’s concert. He set the caged animals free.