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Words which are grammatically categorised as adjective in a given sentence, also are found working as complement . Please look at the sentence below-

John is good.

If it's asked-

what is the function of 'good’ in the sentence above ?

  • May I say, it's an adjective

         or

I should rather say, ‘good’ is a complement, more specifically subjective complement ?

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Hello, Narayan, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange.

John is good.

If it's asked-

what is the function of 'good’ in the sentence above ?

  • May I say, it's an adjective

         or

I should rather say, ‘good’ is a complement, more specifically subjective complement ?

In the sentence, "John is good," "good" is both an adjective and a subject complement. Adjective is its part of speech; subject complement is its syntactic function in that sentence. Do you know what a subject(ive) complement is?

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