Take the following sentence:

"He has blue eyes"

Does "blue eyes" act as an object or a complemet?

Would the answer be different in a sentence such as:

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    This question is probably more suited to English Language Learners. However, it appears to be incomplete.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 19:38
  • But blue eyes is the direct object of the verb have in this sentence. Whether it is a "complement" or not depends on what you mean by "complement", and that's a matter between you and your confessor. Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 23:34
  • Have/has often has the meaning 'possess/ own etc.' and there it is a verb. He has.../He is having... He has had.... - all function like verbs. Others can throw more light.
    – Ram Pillai
    Commented Nov 23, 2019 at 2:48

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There is a little ambiguity in the way you phrased your question (since there are different types of complements), but I will assume you are asking if this is a subject complement. A subject complement follows a linking verb; therefore, the verb "have" would not take a subject complement. In your example, "He has blue eyes," "blue eyes" would act as an object of the verb "have."

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