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Prepositional phrase functioning as a direct object

In the following example: I told my friend about the book Is the prepositional phrase about the book functioning as a direct object? Or would it function as either an adjective or adverb. For me, ...
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Not sure if "see" is used intransitively or transitively

Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged Much that dog and see won't he come along ―Horace Kephart Does the sentence mean If he won't come along, much that dog and see ("see&...
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"Tom they appointed (as) a manager was …" and "The manager they appointed Tom (as) is …" — Is "as" optional here?

If "as" can be omitted in "verb + object + as + object complement", does "as" remain optional in creating relative clauses? my sentences: (1a) They appointed Tom a ...
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"Choose which You like" - Is "which" a direct object of two clauses?

I'm curious about the sentence: "Choose which You like". It seems that the relative pronoun which is the direct object of two clauses - a fact that the majority of English courses are quiet ...
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To phrase + that clause = prepositional phrase (direct object) + noun phrase (complement) or object complement (infinitive phrase) + complement?

Right from the get-go - I'm not a native speaker, so be understanding ;-), in my native polish the premium is placed on the form of the part of the speech, not in the distribution, that is, the part ...
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What part of speech is "her" and "drive" in "I watched her drive."?

Would "her" be the direct object of the transitive verb, "watched"? Or would the verb phrase itself act as the direct object?
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prepositional phrases as direct /indirect objects

Please guide me to find the object. Example: Sally will help you with your housework. You - direct object. How do you eliminate "with your housework" as a direct object? Help what/help whom? ...
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'...give us it.' [Can a pronoun as a direct object be placed at the very end of a sentence?]

Can a pronoun as a direct object be placed at the very end of a sentence? As in '...she was saying herself. Emails obtained. Just through honesty? Thrown(?through) and being given out? Because we have ...
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Wish to/Wish in this sentence?

While on the one hand, one does not wish to a state-of-affairs in which ministers are under the cloud of criminal charges, it cannot be denied that there is a serious mixing of criminal investigation ...
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"Where should I pay the tickets?" Does this sentence make sense?

Where should I pay the tickets? This is from an English material for students. (Sightseeing 3: Buying a ticket) I learnt at school that you "pay money" and you "pay for tickets". ...
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Why is it "you lied TO me" and not "you lied me"

Why do we say You tricked me You fooled me You deceived me You offended me You kissed me And so on and so on BUT you lied TO me and not you lied me?
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Find out the direct objects in the following two sentences:1. I gave Rohan an amazing book. 2. She gifted me a car on my birthday

I have learnt about the Direct and indirect objects. Direct object receives the action, and we identify it by asking a question 'whom' to verb. Suppose we have given two sentences: I gave Rohan an ...
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verb + object + to infinitive?

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 ...
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"Talk to them about them/themselves": pronouns bound to a pronominal object

Scholars who think about monsters have long noted that vampires and zombies reveal something to us about ourselves and about our humanity (The Washington Post). But what about a sentence like this: ...
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Be + past simple verb

I was watching a video and I heard the narrator said: “She had requested his brain be studied” And I thought it was wrong, but some grammar correctors, like Grammarly, show that this is correct, my ...
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Can I start a sentence with a noun phrase acting like a direct object?

Can I start a sentence with a long noun phrase acting like a direct object? The ice cream that I bought yesterday, I put it in the fridge. The man sitting over there, I know him.
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Is “the artist rented where he could work" grammatical?

I read a grammar textbook, which says the following is wrong, the artist rented where he could work. And that the correct sentence should be the artist rented an apartment where he could work. But ...
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Roles of objects and subjects

I am trying to understand the roles of subjects (agentive, identified, characterized, affected, etc) and roles of objects (affected, resultant, eventive, recipient). Example 1: Having finished their ...
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'It is a car' What is the subject verb and object here?

I have read english word order is 'Subject Verb Object' Here Car seems to be the subject, is - verb , then what is it? If the sentence order is 'Subject Verb Object' , then It should be subject?
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Is "seep" just intransitive?

I was reading "Tunnels" and I found the next sentence: ...walls were caked with efflorescence and streaked with chalky lime scale where fissures had seeped moisture. I looked the word &...
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Does this sentence sound idiomatic: "I know here." to mean "I know this place."

Imagine you came to a place where you suddenly remembered you had seen before. In this situation; Can I say "I know here"? Or do I have to say "I know this place." In other words, ...
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Is the noun (Nancy) a subject or object in this case?

In the following sentence, I say that (Nancy) is a subject, but the test corrector says it is a direct object. Which one is correct? Here comes Nancy.
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Is additional preposition required for phrasal verbs with double object?

Firstly, sorry for my ignorance. I am studying about phrasal and prepositional verbs in these days. My question is "Is additional preposition required for phrasal verbs with double object?". ...
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The passive voice with prepositional objects

The question concerns changing of the form and place of the direct object and prepositional objects in a sentence after it was reverted to the passive voice. For example let's consider the following ...
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How to analyze this sentence, 'He apologised to me for that.'?

'He apologised to me for that.' I know that 'he' is the subject and 'apologised' the verb but I don't know about the rest.
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intransitive use of "drink"

In the following sentence, the object it is necessary, isn't it? But why? a. The milk was so hot that I couldn't drink [it]. The verb drink has an intransitive use, not necessarily related to ...
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Direct object and indirect object for "excite"

For the following sentence, It is this which has excited so curious an interest in his life and character. "so curious" is an indirect object (people is omitted after "curious"),...
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Is 'yet to arrive' a direct object of 'have'?

They have yet to arrive. In this sentence, the understood meaning is that 'they' are going to arrive, but they haven't arrived yet. However, I'm struggling to break this down grammatically. In the ...
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john said, "David must go tomorrow." would the indirect form be John said that David must have gone the following day?

john said, "David must go tomorrow." would the indirect form be John declared that David must have gone the following day ? or would it be: john said that David would have to go the ...
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Is 'cry' a catenative complement in this example?

In the provided example (below), is 'cry' considered a catenative complement? He made him cry. 'Him' is the object of 'made,' so 'cry' must be a complement. I know that a verb cannot function as an ...
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Direct objects of "teaching a skill"

If you teach someone to do something, you give them instructions so that they know how to do it. When teach is used with a to-infinitive like this, it must have a direct object. He taught ✳(me) to ...
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What is the real function of objects?

I expect you to be my friend. I expect that you’ll be my friend. I see the only difference is that “you” is an object in sentence 1 and that-clause is an object in sentence 2. In this situation, I ...
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Usage of "paid" and "paid for"

Why is it "paid for" and not "paid" in this sentence: Bobo has repaired and repainted the car, but when the woman goes to take out her wallet, the boy shakes his head and says, “...
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He supplied the terrorist with weapon

He supplied the terrorist with weapon Why not supply here follows norms of direct object, indirect object. He supplied the terrorist a weapon (Just like he gave me a book)
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What happened to the missing object or objects in “for us to define as we see fit”?

Reading through this paragraph, I wonder why the object to see is missing from as we see fit, even though the interpretation remains natural and smooth without it: In 1783, Goethe wrote, “Nature is ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say: "I never lend anyone it"?

Is the use "I never lend anyone it" grammatically correct? I'm asking about it because its flow of reading sounds a bit clumsy to me. Can you give me this book? - This book was signed by my ...
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How should I order the sentence with "noun clause" and "wh clause"?

I hope that all of you have a nice day. When the subject is a bit long, we can use "it" as the representative of the "that-noun clause". What if the object or subject complement is ...
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"So as to make difficult the test" or "So as to make the test difficult"

Can one use (a) instead of (b)? a. We changed the questions so as to make difficult the test. b. We changed the questions so as to make the test difficult. Or can one use (c) instead of (d)? c. We ...
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Direct object or Adverb?

'He told me a story' Me- indirect object(it answers question from 'whom') A story- direct object (it answers question from 'what') 2.'He asked me to go' Here, 'me'- indirect object and also the agent ...
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What are ways to ask a question about a direct object in English?

In the sentence: "They help poor families", how do we make a question which the answer is "poor families"? Back in school they taught us that we should use "do" while ...
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I had a kind of feeling this might happen. (what is object?)

I had a kind of feeling this might happen. a kind feeling [a kind]noun of [feeling this might happen]noun phrase I wonder which object is correct.
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Form of a verb in a direct object of an introductory verb: <Verb> + <Direct Object containing a verb>

What is the form of a verb in an infinitive subordinate which is direct object of a verb: to-infinitive, bare infinitive, conjugated verb, or gerund? For example would we say: I see the company to ...
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Which is correct: Betty and he are friends or Betty and him are friends? Please explain. Thank you

Isn't it him is an object pronoun and not subject pronoun. Why do we need to use Betty and him and not Betty and he? Please explain. Thank you.
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How can we identify the structure of a sentence with the verb "ask" and how can we use it correctly?

I'm studying infinitives and gerunds now, and I found out that the verb "ask" can have a direct object. For example: I asked to go to the park. I asked my parents to go to the park. (I know ...
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What is the direct object in "He gave her a kiss"?

I understand that if you give something to someone, that "something" is the direct object while that "someone" is the indirect object. However, I have a hard time believing "...
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Why is the direct object incorrect in this sentence?

In the following statement, the direct object "them" is incorrect and should be removed. Why? I believe that all the principles that underlie how a radio works are beneficial to use them in ...
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Can I say "they wanted me to fit in this world?" and "they wanted to fit me in this world"? Are they both correct?

I feel like they are both correct in the speaking but also feel like maybe one of them is incorrect grammatically because of the obeject pronoun. Is there a rule to object pronoun before or after ...
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Object of the verb "pay"

Under the entry dedicated to the verb “pay” within Longman Dictionary of Contemporary, it is stated: "Do not use pay followed directly by a noun referring to the thing you are buying. Use pay (...
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Is "I wonder whom you make cry" a correct sentence?

I would like to say "You made someone cry. I wonder whom." in only one sentence. And now this is what I've got: I wonder whom you made cry. To me, though, it sounds pretty odd that there isn't an ...
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"Give him it"/"Give it to him" vs. "Give John it"/"Give it to John"

Subject + indirect object + direct object: "Give him it." Subject + direct object + preposition + indirect object: "Give it to him." Similarly, "Give it to John" is ok. But what's the wrong ...
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