Verbs of incomplete predication
Look at the following sentences:
- He writes.
- He looks upset.
The sentence He writes makes complete sense. But if you say, He looks the sense is incomplete. You have to supply a word like upset (or tired, sad, happy, cheerful etc.) to make the sense complete. Looks is therefore a verb of incomplete predication. The word upset which completes the meaning of the sentence is called the complement of the verb.
Other examples of verbs of incomplete predication are: is, am, are, was, were, turn, grow, appear, look, taste etc.
- The sky grew dark.
- The milk turned sour.
- The fished tasted awful.
- She is intelligent.
- He seems upset.
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