What Are Subject Complements?
We have five groups of subject complements in English. Take a look at the following list:
Now let us analyze some of them:
Noun Phrases as Subject Complements
As you probably know, noun phrases can be a single word or two or more words together. However, these noun phrases can describe the subject and function as subject complements. Study the following examples:
Miss Hale has a
Those two ladies there are
As you can see, the highlighted nouns are describing the subject.
Pronouns as Subject Complements
Her favorite color is
Here, a demonstrative pronoun has been used to complement the subject.
Lana is doing
As you can see, an interrogative pronoun is functioning as a subject complement.
Please note that subjective pronouns are not commonly used as subject complements nowadays.
Adjective Phrases as Complements
Adjective phrases can be a single word or more. They are used to describe subjects. Look at the following examples:
The blue roses are
The city is
As you can see, an adjective has been used to describe the subject.