Paul Austen’s novel sold immediately to the author’s eager readers.

In the above sentence, which part is the complement and which is the adjunct? I am confused as to whether the adjunct should be immediately or eager readers.

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    A noun adjunct, which is the tag you've used, can only be a noun, so it can't be immediately. Do you just mean adjuncts in general? Mar 21, 2014 at 11:58
  • Yes, I'm concerned with adjuncts in general. Mar 21, 2014 at 14:01
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    Whose terminological universe are you using complement and adjunct in? There are a number of possible uses, in different theories, for both terms; they don't always contrast, for sure. Mar 21, 2014 at 15:11

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"Eager readers" is simply the object of the prepositional phrase "to the author's eager readers." I would say that both that phrase, and the adverb "immediately" are adjuncts. Neither is necessary for the sentence to be grammatically complete.

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