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6. Noun Complement, Post Modifier, and Appositive

Noun complement is part of the noun phrase which complements the noun head of the phrase without which the noun by itself doesn’t make sense. On the other hand an adjective modifier clause/phrase following a noun describes a noun in a way which helps to identify that particular noun distinctly. In case of complement phrase, both noun and complement phrase complement each other. In the following example: ‘bottle of milk’, bottle is a ‘container’ as well as a ‘measure’ and milk is ‘content’. Similarly in case ‘litre of milk’, litre is a ‘measure’ and milk is ‘measured’. The intrinsic meaning of ‘noun’ and its ‘complement’ fill in for each other mutually.

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