I have a sentence which contains two objects, first of which is a noun, and second of which is a noun clause. Is this possible ?

The human race always needs something beneficial to survive and maintain its life. The reason for such a necessity is the obstacles the humankind is encountered by and the fact that the people are vulnerable to life conditions.

If it is grammatically wrong, how can I specify the statement ?

  • May I suggest you try and reformulate your sentence with your two ideas: "obstacles encountered by humankind" + "human vulnerability to living conditions". [maintain life, not its life]
    – Lambie
    Apr 29, 2018 at 16:21
  • "The obstacles the humankind is encountered by" makes no sense. What is the intended complement of "by"? What are you trying to say here?
    – BillJ
    Apr 29, 2018 at 17:34

1 Answer 1


It certainly is possible to have a noun and a noun phrase be objects of the same verb or preposition.

He admired the statue and the portrait being hung on the wall.

However the passage quoted contains errors in grammar and usage that are unrelated to the question asked. I cannot straighten those out with certainty because I am not sure what the intended meaning is.

I think the first sentence is trying to say something like:

Some things are necessary for human survival.

I have no idea whatsoever how the second sentence is intended to clarify or expand upon the first if indeed I have deduced the meaning of the first.

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