Passives: object complements

After some verbs the direct object can be followed by an object complement – a noun or adjective which describes or classifies the object.

  • They elected him their leader.
  • The other children called her stupid.
  • We all regarded her as an expert.
  • Queen Victoria considered him a genius.

When these clauses are made passive, these objects complements become subject complements; they come after the verb.

  • He was elected their leader.
  • She was called stupid by the other children.
  • She was regarded as an expert.
  • He was considered a genius by Queen Victoria.

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