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She was obedient to her elders. In this sentence, how do you label the phrase "to her elders?" The subject of this sentence is 'She', the verb is 'was'. complement is 'obedient', what is to her elders'?

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    The PP "to her elders" is Complement of the adjective "obedient". The AdjP "obedient to her elders" then functions as predicative complement of "be" in its ascriptive sense. – BillJ Jul 21 at 8:10
  • @BillJ the prepositional phrase to her elders qualifies the adjective obedient, doesn't it? Then, isn't its function adverbial? – mahmud koya Aug 20 at 15:27
  • No, it's a complement because it is licensed (specifically permitted or required) by "obedient". – BillJ Aug 20 at 16:12
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In a comment BillJ wrote:

The PP "to her elders" is Complement of the adjective "obedient". The AdjP "obedient to her elders" then functions as predicative complement of "be" in its ascriptive sense.

  • To her elders, she was obedient. in other words," She obeys her elders". – user58886 Jul 22 at 13:00

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