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subject complement

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noun Grammar.

a word or a group of words, usually functioning as an adjective or noun, that is used in the predicate following a copula and describes or is identified with the subject of the sentence, as sleepy in The travelers became sleepy.

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Also called subjective complement.

Origin of subject complement

First recorded in 1935–40
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