Noun Complement

A complement is a phrase or clause that is added to another constituent to complete latter’s meaning. In grammar, we broadly have four complements: noun complement, adjective complement, verb complement, and preposition complement. The first three are sometimes obligatory for…

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Appositive Clause

You would’ve seen noun phrases as appositive, like in these sentences: Inception, my favorite movie, was directed by Christopher Nolan. Our teacher Ms. Thompson is organizing a field trip. But noun clauses too can be appositive. Such clauses, which can…

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Clause as Object

We’re used to seeing nouns and noun phrases as object of a verb, like in these sentences: Tom finished breakfast quickly. She baked a delicious chocolate cake. But clauses too can occupy object position. Such clauses – also called object…

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Clause as Subject

We’re used to seeing nouns and noun phrases as subject, like in these sentences: Dogs are loyal. A sudden loud noise woke everyone up in the lounge. But clauses too can occupy subject position. Such clauses – also called subject…

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Complement Clause

This post explains complement clause and clears the confusion between complement clause and noun clause. What is complement clause? A complement clause is a dependent clause that completes the meaning of a noun, adjective, verb, or preposition. It is essentially…

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Pronominal Question

Pronominal is adjective form of word pronoun, meaning relating to pronoun. Most things containing pronoun can be described by adjective pronominal – and questions are no exception as some of them are introduced (or started) by pronouns. What is pronominal…

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Pronominal Adverb

Pronominal is adjective form of word pronoun, meaning relating to pronoun. Most things containing pronoun can be described by adjective pronominal. What is pronominal adverb? We know that a preposition is followed by a noun phrase to form a prepositional…

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Pronominal

Note: Pronominal is often confused with pro-nominal (with a hyphen). Their difference has been dealt with later in the post. What is pronominal? Pronominal is more a dictionary term than a grammatical term. It’s the adjective form of word pronoun,…

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Adnominal

An adnominal is a term used to describe phrases and clauses that modify a noun. To put simply, it covers: Modifiers of nouns are almost always adjectival, but they can be adverbial too (see example #6), implying that adnominals can…

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