Adjective Complements for intermediate learners

Adjective Complements are clauses or phrases that give information about an adjective. In this lesson, we will learn all about them.

Adjective Complements in the English Grammar

What Are Adjective Complements?

An adjective complement is used to provide more information about the adjective. It directly follows an adjective in the sentence. Adjective complements are necessary for the sentence to be complete.

Adjective Complements: Types

There are three main types of adjective comeplements. Take a look at the following list:

Now, let us discuss some of them in more detail:

Noun Clauses as Adjective Complements

Noun clauses are groups of words that include a subject and a verb and function as nouns. They are dependent clauses and usually begin with 'why', 'that', how', etc. Noun clauses can be used to modify adjectives in sentences. Take a look at the following examples:

I was scared that you had left me.

As you can see, the noun clause is modifying the adjective.

It's marvelous that your therapy sessions have been helpful.


Adjective complements mostly accompany predicative adjectives that follow linking verbs.

Prepositional Phrases as Adjective Complements

Prepositional phrases are another type of adjective complement that consist of a preposition and an object of preposition. The object of the preposition can be a noun, a pronoun, or a noun clause. Study the following examples carefully:

They are skilled in literary writing.

I'm addicted to music.


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