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Maggie Q
Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 5:56:42 AM
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He felt alone in the world.

Question: Is 'in the world' an adjunct or an adjective complement? Why?
Audiendus
Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:19:52 PM
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Maggie Q wrote:
He felt alone in the world.

Question: Is 'in the world' an adjunct or an adjective complement? Why?


I would call it an adjective complement, as it is closely connected to the adjective "alone". (How did he feel? Alone in the world. Not: In what circumstances did he feel alone? In the world.)

Any expert comments would be appreciated!
Drag0nspeaker
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Not an expert, but I agree. Personally, I'd say it was an adverbial, modifying 'alone'.

An adjunct should be (as far as I understand) removable without majorly affecting the meaning of the sentence.
I had never heard of 'adjuncts' in grammar until I was sixty-five.
I think we can live without becoming too involved in "Is it really an adverbial phrase modifying 'alone' or is it an adjectival complement - or is it an adjunct?"

"He felt alone" is very different from 'He felt alone in the world."

'Alone in the world' is (I feel) one concept.

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