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noun object complement without article

The committee elected him treasurer. The coach made Timothy team captain. The school board appointed her superintendent. I saw these sentences on thefreedictionary.com (www....
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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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Can an infinitive phrase serve as an object complement noun?

Please help me understand. Can an infinitive phrase function as an object complement noun? I.e. The teacher told her student to stop complaining. What is the function of the words ‘her student to ...
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I'd like to discern if the Infinitive complement is nominal or adjectival as in “I want you to go there.”

Would you tell me If the infinitive complement is nominal or adjectival as in I want you to go there I thought "you to go there" is the object of the verb "want". i.e., the infinitive complement ...
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the place of objects in a sentence

Usually people say "make something difficult". But, like how you can both say "turn the light off" and "turn off the light", can you also say "make difficult something"? For example, apparently ...
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I prevented you from going there

I prevented you from going there. What is the function of "from going there" ? I think that it is an adverbial prepositional phrase because I have studied object complements and learned that ...
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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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I finished before he/him

I finished before he I finished before him In formal language, do we use the subject or object pronoun after before or after?
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Is the bold phrase an object complement?

I read the following paragraph from a book and I want to confirm whether the bold phrase is an object complement or a subject complement? Then The New York Times wrote an absolute rave review of ...
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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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make (it) clear what

I know some phrases can take clauses as objects: make sure that-clause/if, whether-clause/wh-clause I want to make sure that everything goes well. bear in mind that-clause/if, whether-clause/wh-...
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Object complement or adverbial?

If an object complement can be an adjective, noun, or pronoun, what is then "working at the desk" in this sentence? I found Jack working at the desk Why isn't it adverbial of place?
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Asking object - subject questions. “Did” or past form of the verb in Past Simple

The question is about the rule of asking questions in Past Simple tense. Please, look at the questions below and tell me if my thinking and naming of questions stated here are correct? For example ...
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Are these expressions are right use of object complements?

A: I hope you serve that food hot. B: I hope you write those letters tall and straight. Each of the above sentences seems to have an object complement marked in bold. Are they correct? Can I ...
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Is it correct to use “complete” instead of “completely” in “And I knew it complete When I wore a younger man's clothes”?

And I knew it complete when I wore a younger man's clothes Is that sentence correct? I think that complete is an adjective there. So I think it should be converted to completely. I am not a native ...
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Adjective complement with no “to be”

Teacher called these students difficult to control. In this sentence, there is no "to be" between difficult and students, which somehow so strangely led me to thinking that using adjective ...
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How can an intransitive verb have 'objects' and 'complements'?

[Source:] The following description of predicates comes from The Longman Handbook for Writers and Readers (examples our own): With an intransitive verb, objects and complements are included in ...
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How to distinguish direct object and object complement?

Could anyone please tell me how to distinguish a direct object from an object complement? Do the two have any radical differences? In the sentence, "Our childhood experiences have made us what we are"...
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What are the two prepositional phrases' role in their sentences?

“. . . I’ve wanted to go to see you and Adam but I didn’t think I could do any good.” “Well, you can’t do any harm. I thought he’d get over it. But he still walks around like a ghost.” “It’s ...