The would make me feel alive.

Is there an elipsis with 'to' infinitive marker that not displayed before feel? Is there an adjective phrase 'feel alive' with adjective head? Is the 'to feel alive' a direct object because it's an answer of 'What?' question?

,without ellipsis

They would make me to feel alive human.

Is there a noun phrase 'feel alive human'? Is the 'to' a preposition and 'feel alive human' a prepositional object here?

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No, there is no omitted to, and it would be grammatically incorrect to include one. Some grammatical constructions require an infinitive with to: others require a bare infinitive (an infinitive without to). According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the verb make meaning cause requires a bare infinitive:

make verb (CAUSE)
B1 [ T ]
to cause something:
[ + infinitive without to ] The wind is making my eyes water.

No, the phrase 'alive human' is not correct. Alive is an unusual adjective- see here, and human in this context must also be and adjective. feel alive, as in the question before you edited it, is fine. If you wanted to add human, you would have to add an and

They would make me feel alive and human

  • Does the predicator include 'feel'?
    – FAQ
    Mar 18, 2020 at 10:46
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    Yes. A predicate must include a verb, and in this case it's feel.
    – JavaLatte
    Mar 18, 2020 at 10:52
  • And is 'me' a direct object and 'alive' an indirect object?
    – FAQ
    Mar 18, 2020 at 11:41
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    As I stated in my answer, alive is an adjective- a predicate adjective. Predicate adjectives are used with linking verbs like feel. me is the object of make and also the subject of the predicate clause. Read a brief description of predicates here grammar-monster.com/glossary/predicate.htm or download the Oxford Guide to English Grammar from here: archive.org/details/OxfordGuideToEnglishGrammar_201701/mode/2up
    – JavaLatte
    Mar 19, 2020 at 0:26

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