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I'm wondering if anyone could tell me how to analyse a clause such as "He was red in the face" – what is "in his face" here? Is it an adverbial, or a complement of "red"?

Thank you!

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    It's not in his face. Copy correctly if you want an answer. It's red in the face, an idiom. It means his face was red, because he was angry and upset and acting out. It's a warning of possible undesirable behavior to come. – John Lawler Mar 3 '18 at 19:22
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    The PP "in the face" is complement of "red". – BillJ Mar 3 '18 at 19:41
  • Thanks Bill – exactly what I was wondering about! It seems a bit odd to analyse it as an adverbial... :) – Hannah Mar 3 '18 at 21:32

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