Objective Complements

An objective complement (or object complement) is a word or phrase that follows a direct object and describes or renames it.

Examples of Objective Complements

Some examples of objective complements would be the following:

Public speaking makes Henry nervous. (“Henry” = direct object; “nervous” = objective complement)

Boring movies make me sleepy. (“me” = direct object; “sleepy” = objective complement)

Jane painted her nails red. (“nails” = direct object; “red” = objective complement)

The students elected Gus secretary of the debate club. (“Gus” = direct object; “secretary” = objective complement)

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