Passives: Object complements
After some verbs the direct object can be followed by an object complement - a noun or adjective which describes or classifies the object.
- They elected him their leader.
- The other children called her stupid.
- We all regarded her as an expert.
- Queen Victoria considered him a genius.
When these clauses are made passive, these objects complements become subject complements; they come after the verb.
- He was elected their leader.
- She was called stupid by the other children.
- She was regarded as an expert.
- He was considered a genius by Queen Victoria.
Active and passive voice
Choice of passive structures
Passive verb forms
Verbs not used in the passive
Passives: verbs with two objects
Passives: sentences with infinitive and clause objects
Passives: verbs with object and infinitive
Passives: object complements