I am having trouble creating a syntax tree for the following sentence:

Ginny thinks Harry is dreamy.

"Harry is dreamy" is clearly a sentence. However, I am confused what "is" should be. I think it should be a verb, but then that would mean "is dreamy" would be a verb phrase. However, I've learned that verb phrases cannot have adjectives and "dreamy" seems to be a adjective rather than an adverb.

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    Verb phrases can have predicate adjectives (like be dreamy), and predicate nouns (like be a doctor), as well as predicate verbs. (Verbs are the prototype predicate so we don't hafta call them "predicate verbs".) Non-verbal predicates require an auxiliary be to carry the inflection (that's where the is comes from). The clause Harry is dreamy is a tensed complement clause (that is the complementizer, which may be deleted in this case), and it's the direct object of thinks. I.e, it's a noun phrase that is a clause.
    – jlawler
    Commented Mar 23, 2014 at 0:07
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    – prash
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 22:57

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In doubt you can use the online Stanford Parser:

    (NP (NNP Ginny))
    (VP (VBZ thinks)
          (NP (NNP Harry))
          (VP (VBZ is)
            (ADJP (JJ dreamy))))))
    (. .)))

And view the parse tree with some Syntax Tree Editor:

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