# Objective Complement

In some cases, in spite of an object of a transitive verb, the Predicate remains incomplete and whatever completes such an incomplete predicate is called Objective Complement.

Let us consider the following sentences

a. We made Ramesh the captain.

b. We elected him the President.

In these sentences, the objects of the transitive verb, 'made' and 'elected' 'Ramesh' and 'him' - alone could not complete the Incomplete Predicate; the incomplete predicate is completed by 'the captain' and 'the President' and these are called Objective Complement.

In some cases, inspite of a complement to a verb of state, the prepare remains incomplete and whatever completes such an incomplete predicate will also be called a complement (Complement to an adjective complement).

Let us consider the following sentences.

a. We are certain to win.

b. He is sure of his success.

In these sentences, the complements of the verbs of state 'are' and 'is' - 'certain' and 'sure' - could not complete the Incomplete Predicate. The incomplete predicate is completed by 'to win', 'of his success' and these, therefore, function has complement to the adjective complements - 'certain' and 'sure'.

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