Verbs of making (e.g., to make, to create) or naming (e.g., to name, to call, to elect) often attract an object complement. In the examples below, the object complements are shaded and the direct objects are in bold.
To make herhappy
To name herHeidi
However, lots of verbs can take an object complement. For example:
To consider someonestupid
To paint somethingpurple
To catch somebodystealing
Examples of Object Complements
Here are some more examples of object complements:
I found the guardsleeping.
We all consider herunworthy.
I declare this centreopen.
We consider fishspoiled once it smells like what it is.
To obtain a man's opinion of you, make himmad. (Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809-1894)
An object complement is not always one word. It could be a phrase. For example: