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Direct vs Indirect object

In the sentence "whom do you like most?", is 'whom' a direct object or an indirect object? I think its a direct object because there is only one object in this sentence to my understanding.
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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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Phrasal verbs confusion

I saw the following sentences on the cambridge online site.I made some changes and I want to know if they are applicable ? 1- They are digging up the potatoes. (Original) 2- A detective to dig up ...
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“which I gave to you or which I gave you”

Where are the flowers which I gave to you? or Where are the flowers which I gave you? I can subconsciously choose the latter, but isn't there any grammatical rule that could cover this topic? I ...
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Verb plus adjective in adjective phrase

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 ...
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Why did not delete the ‘it' in the sentence ' Unless …, have a professional check it.'

Why did not delete the ‘it' in the sentence ' Unless the owner can present recent certification that the house is free of termites, have a professional check it.' I think this sentence is not right ...
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Can a to infinitive and a gerund both be an object of the verb teach?

To infinitive and gerund can be an object of the verb teach? I wonder if these sentences are grammatically correct or incorrect and reasons. 1) I teach you to speak English. 2) I teach you ...
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Why does something “belong to someone” and not “belong someone”?

The confusing language lesson bewildered John. Detective Frey believed the suspect's story. You're trying to befriend someone who doesn't trust you. If the examples above are correct, this one ...
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I'm stuck changing active sentences into passive ones

I was given these two sentences: Photographers photographed Brad Pitt as he left the restaurant. Our teacher has given us lots of homework this week. Those are both written using the ...
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Can I replace “to fish” with “fishing” in the sentence “Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”?

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Would you tell me whether I can replace "to fish" with "fishing"? Give a man a fish, and you ...
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Omission of object

In the following sentence A, is the word "stop" an intransitive verb or a transitive verb? If it's a transitive verb, should the object word such as that/it be added like in the sentence B? A: ...
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Is it grammatically possible to use prepositions 'of/from' in the following sentence: 'I'm a long way off (of/from) being fluent.'?

I am not sure whether I can use prepositions 'of/from' in this kind of structures and how am I to know how to use them properly? I have looked the phrase up and the only examples they give are when it ...
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“Awakened” as transitive verb

With awakened being a transitive verb requiring a direct object, in the sentence He was awakened by a loud crash. is “he” both the direct object and the subject of the sentence? The sentence was ...
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Which part of speech is this?

"It is obligatory for companies to provide details of their industrial processes." The sentence above has phrase "obligatory for companies" and phrase "to provide details of their industrial ...
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The plan that I want to give [to] you. Direct, Indirect object in attributive clause

I don't know the grammar rule I must apply in the following sentences. Do I need to add to? Here is the book that I want to give [to] you. Here is the plan that I want to give [to] you. Here is the ...
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Who is the direct object and who is the indirect object

In the following sentence, Who is the direct object and who is the indirect object? I know the woman in the blue dress.
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“All I did was do something” is correct?

I saw several the following examples beginning with "All I did was": All I did was see something. All I did was hire her. All I did was tell him the truth. Are these sentences correct? Why a verb ...
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“The file I sent (to) you”. Using the preposition

to send somebody something to send something to somebody Is it necessary to use the preposition in sentences like these, in which the direct object stands before the verb? Open the file I sent ...
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One thing I should note, though

I'm curious about how to analyze "One thing I should note, though" as an introduction to what you want to alert the audience to. Is it short for "There is one thing (which) I should note, though" or ...
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Identify whether it is indirect or direct object

1.The boys made Rama captain. 2.Rama called his cousin a liar. 3.I saw him go Are nouns or pronouns above in bold letters used as indirect object or ,as direct object? I think that they are ...
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How to ask, things to bring home, when the get over(empty) at home?

I am trying to find out right words to express emptiness of things at home, once they get empty after we consume. For example, milk finished at home, please bring some. finished mosquito coil bring ...
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determining indirect object pronoun

I am trying to get to grips with direct and indirect object pronouns. In the sentence below I am unsure what is the direct and the indirect object. Although I do not show it to you. So I is the ...
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Verbs with two objects

Some verbs are used with two objects (indirect-; somebody, direct-object; something). e.g. I gave him a watch for his birthday. Could you send me the report? I will lend you some money. She ...
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'Provides me with an excuse“ or ”Provides me an excuse"

With respect to FumbleFingers for providing his Google search of "provides me an excuse" in this comment I would like to ask when and in which cases can we omit "with" when we place the indirect ...
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I do not really understand the proposal: “Don't hate Monday. Make Monday hate you”

Please explain. I like to learn English. I do not really understand the proposal: "Don't hate Monday. Make Monday hate you". Help me to understand this sentence. I am very interested in this phrase. ...
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The preposition “to” after the verb “write”

Raymond Murphy says to use the preposition "to" after the verb "write" (write a letter to somebody), but the famous song contains following words: I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter. ...
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Objects in the sentence “He provided him money for his friend”

I am really confused about direct and indirect objects.There are many Examples are given on internet But they only deal with two objects. Can someone tell me which are direct and indirect objects in ...
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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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Objective with the infinitive

They give you exercises to do. Please explain to me why "to do" is used here, not "to be done".
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When should I use: me or to me?

Sometimes I am confused in the correct way of using me or to me. Example, answer me or answer to me; love me or love to me. Could you help me to differentiate each one?
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“I hate my family not understanding…” vs. “not to understanding…”

Which of following sentence is the exact usage of the verb hate: I hate my family not understanding me I hate my family not to understand me
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“Asking the driver” or “Asking to the driver”?

I've seen this sentence: "I'm asking the driver where we're going." But I'd usually say: "I'm asking to the driver where we're going." Are both forms correct? Do they have a change in meaning? EDIT:...
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Can adjectives be direct objects?

Is this sentence grammatical? You look weak Because look is a transitive verb, it needs a direct object. So can Weak be a direct object here? Or could it be look is a noun here?
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“ourselves” vs “us”

It's also a time to relax our mind and discover ourselves when we stroll around unplanned and without any specific purpose. Could somebody tell me why the writer used ourselves instead of us? I ...
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I hope that you relieved

I promise you that I will not make any attempt to contact you. I hope that you relieved. This is supposed to be the reply to the addresse from whom I wanted some help but he did not bother to answer....
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A locative complement before the direct object - is 'Do not park here your motorbike' correct?

I was walking with a friend and we saw a sign that said Do not park here your motorbike. Thank you. To me, it looks incorrect, and I think the correct sentence should be Do not park your ...
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Placement of “to-infinitive” before an object

David wants to bring Jack some books. David wants Jack to bring some books. I cannot understand the meanings of these sentences. What do they mean? Are both same? Thanks!
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Using the verb oversleep

Can we use the verb 'oversleep' with a direct object? For example can we say "a person has overslept something" (such as work, school or plane)? If no, what should we say instead of 'I have overslept ...
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Object or complement?

'In that year Mary Carson, although she was suffering from cancer, wrote a wonderful book of poetry.' Identifying the clause constituent, is 'a wonderful book of poetry' here a complement or an ...
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Confusion about the constituents of sentences

I am confused about whether in the pattern "tell sb about sth", the part "sb" is regarded as indirect object or direct object.
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Enjoyed themselves the picture - Enjoyed themselves - Enjoyed the picture

They enjoyed picture last evening. They enjoyed themselves during summer vacation. Enjoy is one of the verbs which takes reflexive pronoun with it when required. Reflexive pronoun is used when the ...
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Is there a difference between “I saw him going…” and “I saw him go…”?

I saw him going to city. I saw him go to city. First one refers to gerund. Second one refers to infinite. Do they have the same meanings or different meanings?
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He hit on that thing

You hit your head on a piece of a block. And can I reduce this sentence and tell someone simply, "he hit on that thing" or he hit on it?
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No “noun” in this “direct object”?

In "I want the following: butter, sugar, and flour" "the following" seems a "direct object", "following" seems like a verb. I thought nouns seem like objects?
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use plural, or singular with definite article

The following sentence is from my favourite English teacher on the internet. 'Women play a more important role than ever in raising the family' Why is it that "the family" is used? Shouldn't it be ...
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What is “grammar” in this sentence?

I am a bit confused about whether "grammar" is an indirect object or a noun. What is the word class of this word My students rightly expect me to research my grammar before I deliver the lesson. ...
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Can “nothing” be a direct object?

In the sentence: "The boy kicked the ball," the ball is obviously the direct object. A student asked me if the sentence were changed to "The boy kicked nothing," is nothing also a direct object?
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How is it grammatical that 'begrudge' admits three objects?

Source, penultimate para: p 2 of 2, 'Against YA', by Ruth Graham, slate.com 1. I do not begrudge young adults themselves their renaissance of fiction. begrudge [with two objects] = D1. Envy (someone) ...
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word patterns and prepositional phrases

Which one is correct? I can't stand it when I lose things. I can't stand when I lose things. I have come across the case when "it" is possible but I still doubt which of the above is ...