acting as a complement

SuprunP

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Ukrainian & Russian
12.20
It can sometimes also be a substitute for an adjective phrase or prepositional phrase acting as a complement expressing a current attribute.
(A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language; R. Quirk)

Would you be so kind as to tell me whether I can say 'It can sometimes also be a substitute, acting as a complement expressing a current attribute, for an adjective phrase or prepositional phrase' if I wanted the part in bold to refer to 'a substitute' rather than 'an adjective phrase or prepositional phrase'?

Thanks.
 
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