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Questions tagged [catenative-verbs]

Verbs that take non-finite verbs/verb phrases as objects.

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How to parse this sentence “I heard him drop his keys.”

"I heard him drop his keys" I = subject heard = verb "him drop his keys." = direct object. But how can I understand 'drop his keys'? "I heard him singing in the shower." Here, "singing in the ...
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Is it correct to write these two gerunds in succession?

I'm speaking about this precise sentence: I would like to contact you because I work for a firm in which we are considering defining a text editor for all our Android apps: Is there any rule to ...
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Verb + [adverb clause] + - ing

When we use "verb + - ing" forms, Is it possible to put adverbial phrases between "verb" and "- ing" ? I saw that example down below and it made me think. I suppose "come + -selling" means that the ...
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“to be considered ” vs “should be considered”

Consider the following sentence. We are happy to recommended that his son to be considered for the post. This is grammatically incorrect(why?). The notes I am reading says that the correct ...
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more than one verbs in a sentence

The teacher has to try to remember to remind him to make his friends be interested in different subjects. I wrote this sentence but I am not sure if this follows the grammar rules.(the sentence may ...
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Are these infinitive and gerund clauses?

Are these infinitive and gerund clauses? He agreed to give him the ball - Here in this sentence, the infinitive clause is "to give him the ball" which is the object of the verb "agreed"? Am I right? ...
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Direct object of the verb “want”

John wants Jim to write a letter to the mayor According to Cambridge, the verb "want" can take the pattern of obj+to-infinitive as a complement, so that means "Jim" here is the direct object of the ...
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expect or expect “to” in this sentence?

I expect question and debate those ideas which interest me. Is it expect "to" or just "expect"? Thanks.
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Grew To Involve

I have a question about the abstract pattern "[verb1] to [verb2]" here: The slaying of Hugo Pinell, 71, triggered a riot Wednesday that grew to involve about 70 inmates at a maximum security ...
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Can I say “people share their ideas”?

"TED is where brilliant people go to hear other brilliant people share their ideas." The above is an excerpt from the book Talk Like TED. Is the modifier 'share their ideas' correctly connected to ...
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“This will help us ensure” or “This will help us TO ensure”: use of TO with infinitival clauses [duplicate]

Could you please tell me which sentence correctly uses "to"? I am always a little confused when using "to" in a sentence. Here, if it is a verb then "to" is required. This will help us to ensure ...
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How to identify whether an infinitive phrase functions as a direct object or an object complement?

How to identify whether an infinitive phrase functions as a direct object or an object complement? For example, in the sentence: "Everyone wanted Carol to be the captain of the team. (cited from ...
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Why is it “to start laughing” and not “to start to laugh”?

Why do we use: to start laughing instead of, to start to laugh And what is the construction verb + (verb + ing) called?
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construction of 'went ranting on'

"You knew?" said Harry. "You knew I'm a –– a wizard?" "Knew!" shrieked Aunt Petunia suddenly. "Knew! Of course we knew! How could you not be, my dratted sister being what she was? Oh, she got a ...
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Is this a predicative adjunct?

Harry swung at it with the bat to stop it from breaking his nose, and sent it zigzagging away into the air. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) ‘Zigzagging’ seems to be a predicative adjunct ...