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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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Can a prepositional phrase be an object complement?

If yes, how not to confuse a prepositional phrase as an object complement and as an adverb. E.g "I consider you as a friend". Is "as a friend" an adverb implying "I'm your ...
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Is this sentence in line with pronoun of complement subject?

I read online that subject pronoun are used for subject complement. As such, is the following sentence correct? "He seems to be I" or should it end with object case? And why?
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Aspects of **have** in "You have me all confused!"

I am a speaker of American English, mid-Atlantic dialect. I was thinking of scenarios like the following: Yesterday, you said to do it this way, and this morning you said to do it that way, and now ...
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Is there a missing "was?"

We thought it our duty to take care of the orphans. Is the above sentence grammatically correct or is there a missing "was?"
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Let me (be) free/loose

Proceeding from the internet, I inferred the following thing: (1) Let me free. — idiomatic (2) Let me be free. — idiomatic (3) Let me loose. — idiomatic (4) Let me be loose. — unidiomatic That is, &...
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Correct use of object-complement

Books are great blessings. Books are a great blessing. Which sentence is correct? If both are correct, then what's the difference between these two expressions? Is there any particular way to know ...
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What part of speech is (red)?

Is the word (red) in this sentence an adjective modifying the noun (leaves) Or (red) is a common noun functions as an object complement. ? Pigments turn the leaves red.
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have available something

We have plenty of office space available. (from Oxford learner's dictionaries) In the above sentence, what is the grammatical role of 'available'? 1)a modifier that is included in the NounPhrase ...
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Is the past participle a linking verb in these examples of passive constructions?

A man called Jack opened the door. The man was called Jack. In these two examples, 'called' is a past-participle, and the proper noun 'Jack' is a subject complement that renames the noun 'man'. This ...
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Object complements with/without "to be"

I come across sentences like [1] I consider it a failure. [2] Scientists belived it to be a hoax. The object complement in the first is "a failure" and in the second is "to be a hoax&...
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To infinitive as object complement

i have a question concerning whether "to resist" in the sentence below is an object complement. "He lacked the strength to resist"
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What part of speech is "Surrounded" in this sentence please?

My dream job is to run my own communication business surrounded by talented people. I see "my dream job" (Subject) "is" (verb) "To run my own comms company" (Subject ...
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Grammar and role of the word "protected"

What is the role of the word "protected" in the following sentence? She kept her money protected in a safe. I mean, she is the sub., kept is the v. and ... so what about the word "...
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What does it mean to say that an object complement describes the object?

She cut the paper gingerly. She cut him loose. gingerly above is an adverb but loose isn't. This is because gingerly describes the manner of "her" cutting the paper, but loose doesn't do ...
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What's the part of speech of realize?

In the sentence: it made me happy. I'm pretty sure that happy is an objective complement. But in: it made me realize something. Is it correct to assume that "realize something" is an ...
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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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Is this an appositive or object complement? "that most students do not understand grammar"

Is the noun clause an appositive or object complement? Is there any rule or test to identify the noun clause as appositive or object complement? I have often declared the problem that most students ...
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Does this compound sentence act as the object of the preposition 'after'?

In the construction The decision to block Mr. Sondland from being interviewed was delivered at the last minute, after the ambassador had already flown to Washington from Europe, and lawmakers had ...
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"Object complement" OR "participial phrase"

In 2019 the company saw a strong uptake of its flagship OnePlus 7- series regaining the top spot back after falling behind Samsung in 2018. Is the bold phrase a participial phrase or an object ...
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What is the grammartical function of the prepositional phrase in the sentence?

It is likely that the person who led you through the zoo helped you to learn a lot. I wonder what is the grammatical function of the prepositional phrase in the above sentence? In my opinion, the ...
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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 ...
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