Paul accuses her of being over cautious. (thearchers.co.uk)

‘of being over cautions’ is adverbial complement.

Is there one (direct) object – her – in the sentence, or two?

indirect – her, and direct – of being over cautious?


In (traditional?) grammar, an indirect object is a noun or a pronoun, not a phrase. In "Paul accuses her of being over cautious." her is the direct object; "of being over cautious" is a prepositional phrase.


I would say in my terminology "her" is a direct object and "of being over-cautious" is a genitive object. The verb construction is to accuse someone of something.

Of course, I know that the term genitive object is normally not used in English grammars. But for me it is the simplest and clearest term.

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