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As the sentence says, "It seems that Ken knows a lot about music."

Is the that-clause a subject complement?

What does "It" perform in sentences like this? Is it a false subject?

Thank you for helping me with this!!

Re: about "seem"

It seems that Ken knows a lot about music.

No, it's not a subject complement, though it is a complement.

The subject is the dummy pronoun "it" and the underlined content clause is complement of the verb "seem". But it is not subject complement since "it" is non-referential (it has no meaning), but serves only to fill the syntactic subject position.

Does that help?


Re: about "seem"

Thank you,Paul!