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‡Adjectives: Complementation

Many adjectives can be followed by
‘complements’ – other words and
expressions that ‘complete’ their
meaning. Not all adjectives are
followed by the same kind of
complement.
Some adjectives can be followed by
preposition + noun/ -ing form.
She is interested in philosophy.
She is interested in learning
philosophy.
Some adjectives can be followed by
infinitives.
This book is difficult to understand.
It is easy to give advice.
It may be impossible to get that post.
I am glad to see you.
The soup is ready to eat.
Some adjectives can be followed by
clauses.
It is important that every child should
get good education.
I am glad that you are safe.
Many adjectives can be followed by
more than one kind of complement.
I am pleased about her success. (Here
the adjective pleased is followed by a
preposition + noun.)
I am pleased to see you here. (Here the
adjective pleased is followed by a to-
infinitive.)
I am pleased that they have agreed to
come. (Here the adjective pleased is
followed by a that-clause.)
Notes
We do not usually put adjective +
complement before a noun. Instead,
we put the complement after the
noun.
He is a difficult person to work with.
(NOT He is a difficult to work with
person.)


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