(1) She is out and will be back in soon.

(2) She is out and will be conscious soon.

Is out a locative complement in (1) but a predicative complement in (2)?

If so, is the distinction between the two complements purely semantic?

Is there any reliable way to distinguish the two kinds of complements?

  • 'Come around' has a directional reading too! Sep 22, 2019 at 9:25
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    Doesn't the answer lie that out has more than one meaning: 1. out (to be outside) 2. out (to be knocked out=senseless) 3. out (to be freed from jail) After seven months, she is out.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Sep 22, 2019 at 9:56
  • Indeed it's semantic. We need no other way. Btw, show some background research, too. Good Luck.
    – Kris
    Sep 22, 2019 at 10:21


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