predicate nominative and predicate adjectives
In the sentence
A reliable worker she always was.
Would "reliable" be the complement (p.adj.) or would "worker" be the complement (p.nom.)?
Or would both of them be complements?
Same question for
"Both candidates were nervous wrecks."
The perspective of this question is irrelevant.
The result is a predicate nominative.
"She was a reliable worker."
Worker is a noun renaming "she" which makes it a predicate nominative.
"Reliable" is an adjective modifying the predicate, not the subject.
If you wanted a predicate adjective, you would simply say:
"She was reliable."
Now "reliable" is modifying the subject "She" and not the predicate "worker" and, as such, it has become a predicate adjective instead of a modifier in the predicate nominative.
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