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chapter 4.3 Completers and Modifiers: Words That Act as Completers

The role of completer may be played by a noun, a pronoun, or a word that describes the subject.
The rowdy girls were making trouble. (Noun completer)
The cop finally arrested them. (Pronoun completer)
Behavior like that is crazy. (Completer describes the subject)
A noun names a thing, person, place, or idea. A pronoun takes the place of a noun and makes it possible to avoid repeating that noun. Chapter 13 discusses pronouns in more detail. The kind of completer that describes the subject is a modifier as well as a completer. The later part of this chapter will explore modifiers in more detail.

Click here for a list of verbs that take gerund and infinitive completers.

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