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8.8: Adjuncts

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  • We know that each phrase contains a head, and might contain other phrases in the complement or specifier position. This unit introduces a new position in the phrase, the adjunct position. The adjunct position often contains phrases that communicate optional information, like where, when or why an event happens.
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    Check Yourself

    1. Is the underlined phrase an adjunct or a complement?

    Sam ran the Around-the-Bay race.

    • Adjunct.
    • Complement.

    2. Is the underlined phrase an adjunct or a complement?

    Sam ran this morning.

    • Adjunct.
    • Complement.

    3. Is the underlined phrase an adjunct or a complement?

    The baby slept through the night.

    • Adjunct.
    • Complement.