Just putting together a lexical lesson on making life changes and thought I'd use a sentence with 'end up'. However, when I ran through various sample sentences I noticed that it is quite an unusual beast in that it licenses verb+ing phrases, adjective phrases and prepositional phrases and noun phrases.
- I ended up drunk and broke. (AdjP)
- That's how I ended up here. (PP)
- I ended up without a penny to my name. (PP)
- I ended up running the company. (V+ing)
- He ended up a hero. (NP)
Thus it would seem to form complex transitive clauses, the complements describing the state of the 'subject' (or predicand). Kind of meaning 'at the end of the story [the subject] was'.
Yet because it ends with 'up' (a preposition) - you'd expect it just to licence verb+ing or a noun phrase.
So what is it exactly - any ideas?