I want you to go.

I want him to go.

She told me to give you the key. ( to whom ? ) me !

you and him in these sentences are used as object pronouns. so it is considered as an object.

I want my father to go to Germany.

So what questions will we ask when finding the object in this sentence? (my father ) Is the object in this sentence a direct or indirect object? Can you explain with examples?

  • @Sam "to go to Germany" is not a preposition phrase but a subordinate (infinitival) clause.
    – BillJ
    Oct 30, 2022 at 11:03
  • Okkkk, it's by mistake.
    – Sam
    Oct 30, 2022 at 11:26

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[1] I want you [to go].

[2] I want him [to go].

[3] She told me [to give you the key].

[4] I want my father [to go to Germany].

The analysis is like this:

In each case the bracketed element is a subordinate (infinitival) clause functioning as complement of the matrix clause verbs "want / told".

The intervening noun phrases "you"/"him"/"me"/"my father" are the syntactic objects of the verbs "want/told", and the understood (semantic) subjects of the subordinate clauses.

There is no indirect object in any of the examples.


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