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Questions tagged [objects]

A noun phrase denoting a person or thing that is the recipient of the action of a transitive verb

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What does mean “to get {somebody} {something}”

Could you say if I'm correct translating the following sentence: And I'd like to see about getting Harry some contacts. like And I'd like to see about providing Harry with some contacts. I'm ...
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the missing object of the verb

But the thing I didn't care a damn about, didn't even grasp to be happening, was the passing-away of the old life I'd know. (Coming up for air) What is the object of the verb grasp ? Is it the thing ...
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Intransitive verb + one's way construction

The following seems to be transitive verb + one's way constructions. She pushed her way through the crowd. She cut her way through the jungle. I parse that as this: S+V+O+O.C Yet, the ...
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Is “I baked and served some pancakes to the guests.” grammatically correct?

I baked some pancakes and served them to the guests. This sentence has two verbs "bake and serve" that take the same object "pancakes". Is it possible to simplify the above sentence as follows?: ...
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Can 'address" used as a verb be used without an object?

I received an email from a client who is a native English speaker. At the end of his message, he wrote, :If there are any follow-up questions we are happy to address." This sounds weird to me. ...
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Is it distransitive or complex transitive as in “She told her cat to leave”?

She told her cat to leave. Here are two kinds of parsing. 1.Distransitive + indirect object and direct object She (S) + told (V) her cat (I.O) to leave (D.O) 2.Complex transitive + direct ...
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They don't want HER to think THEM not to appreciate

I've got such task. My friend said that the first variant is better. But I supposed the second one to be more clear. In my country the english constructions like these are called as "complex objects". ...
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How to separate a possessive adjective from its noun properly?

I will explain with examples. I sat between her and the door I sat between her and her bag. "her" would mean the girl herself, in the first example, and it would still mean that in the second ...
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When is inversion between the subject and the object or the subject and the complement possible?

When is inversion between the subject and the object or the subject and the complement possible? For instance: I stood at the window watching the kids play. <---> At the window watching the ...
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Where is the object in the sentence?

In the example of John baked Mary a cake for her birthday. and John cried a river of tears over Mary. Which is the object in the sentences? Are both the object 'Mary'? If so, why?
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Use of singular/plural form in “their husband's pyres”

Raja Rammohan Roy was greatly pained when he heard the cries of widows being burnt on their husband's pyres. Raja Rammohan Roy was greatly pained when he heard the cries of widows being burnt on their ...
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Heard (his saying/him saying/him say)

When telling somebody what you did in order to get (to discover, to see) what somebody else did, what should I say? For example: Let me hear you say "i got it!" So I do something in order to get (in ...
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One more issue concerning “whom”

Consider, please, the following sentence: She's an actress whom most people think is at the peak of her career. Is whom correctly used here as an object of think? I'd suggest such variants: ...
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Passive form of intransitive verbs

Is it possible to make intransitive verbs into a passive form? For example, Most of the representatives said they plan to take the subway train to the convention building rather than ride a cab ...
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two verbs with two objects

Does the following sound like natural English? The mayor acknowledged and received the protest, along with a petition with 40 signatures. A coworker of mine, who is a native speaker of English, ...
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Relative clause & “whose”

That is the guy whose car is broken. That is the guy whose car I rented. What is the function of "whose" in both of above sentences. Is it subject or object, or something else of the relative ...
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Is “might well” equal to “might as well”? Is one “that” not enough for an object-clause? Are they two other old-fashioned ways?

“Many speakers to the House the other night in the debate on the reduction of armaments seemed to show a most lamentable ignorance of the conditions under which the British Empire maintains its ...
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Parsing verbs as object

How do you parse run across the street below? I saw him (run across the street).
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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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No object found in the last part of the sentence, is it grammatical?

Pile them in the frozen-food cabinets with the juice, and there was breakfast ready, oven-fresh, from the east coast to the west. I am confused about the bold part from an article which talks about ...
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The construction of the verb “to show”

Does the verb "to show" require any objects: direct and/or indirect? eg. We have shown the similarities between patterns of RNA.--> to whom? or is the sentence complete on its own? I know that you can ...
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The new employees are them/they

The new employees are them/they. Should I say 'them' or 'they'? Which is correct and the more natural?
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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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Inversions with “gave this”

How do you feel a and b? (inversion?) Where did you get that? a.Your friend this gave to me. b.Your friend gave this to me. What if the sentenses to use "has"? Where did you get that? a....
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Object Question

I am wondering what the object question for this sentence would be: They are talking behind someone's back. The question should ask about the person whom they are talking behind their back.
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“in” or “for” as indicators of time in sentences with fronted objects

Which preposition is correct? These pictures she painted for a month. These pictures she painted in a month.
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Are the reflexive pronouns direct or indirect?

Are the reflexive pronouns direct or indirect ? For example, consider this sentence: I made myself a pizza here "myself" is an indirect or indirect object ? Also does the meaning change if I make ...
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Using “ponder” as an intransitive verb?

In one my novels, a separate section is given as Points to Ponder Over. However, no phrasal verb as such (ponder over) really exists. By Oxford dictionary, ponder is a transitive verb. So it cannot be ...
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“I like to do cycling” or “I like to go for cycling” - which is correct?

Which out of the two is correct? I like to do cycling . I like to go for cycling . Is 'Cycling' in both the examples used in noun form?
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“Was it SHE you were talking about?”

I have a doubt in choosing the subject and object form of pronoun in some sentences I found following examples in "Word Power Made Easy" by Norman Lewis. But there was no explanation covered for the ...
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Missed who vs. Missed whom?

I play online multiplayer game clash of clan. Two native English speakers were talking with each other. The first one showed(appeared?) after some days, and then the other person said: Missed who ...
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Is there no object in the passive voice?

As the object of active voice becomes the subject of passive voice and the subject of active voice comes after preposition by.(and sometimes dropped) I dont think there is an object there. Right?
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Usage of it and ommission of object

Temperatures on the moon are quite extreme, ranging from 110°C to - 173°C. This occurs because there is no atmosphere to filter sun’s rays when it is shining and then to ...
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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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Subject & Object forms [duplicate]

"That is me." Why is this incorrect and why should we use "that is I" please? I think we can't say the pronoun "that" can't act as a subject: That is a keyboard. Who is she? Here, too, "who" is not ...
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'The information entered' or 'The entered information'?

Regards.. I would like to discuss about the comparison of the following two sentences : We provide the information entered to the management. We provide the entered information to the ...
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“Answer to the phone” and “Answer the phone”

If we want to use the verb answer, should we say: "answer to the phone" or "answer the phone"? How about other cases like answering (to) other things like someones question, query etc.
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Sentences with “no one”

Is there at least one right sentence on the list? 1) You should say it to no one 2) You shouldn't say it to no one 3) You say it to no one
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It's a question of the TOEIC test [closed]

Which is the correct answer? The president of Girou Electronics stated that the financial performance of the company was a personal responsibility of ... his himself he him
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“Only she in the world ” or “only her in the world”?

Example: My girlfriend acted her usual self today. She chuckled at my dumb jokes, slung her cute remarks, gaped at the thoughts only she/her in the world found interesting. I searched both ...
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“Who” instead of “whom” in the objective case

Is it grammatically acceptable to use "who" instead of "whom"? Who does this coat belong to? or even Who does he love? I am especially interested in the second case since I know that it's ...
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Is the phrase “the long way of the oval” the object of the clause and should there be an “into” before it?

I encountered this sentence when reading "A Morbid Taste for Bones" by Ellis Peters: Cadfael turned towards the cry, thrusting through thorn-branches, and came out in a narrow oval of grass ...
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Is “want someone to do” double objects?

This might be double objects or an object with a complement. Which is right?
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Object pronoun usage in imperative structure

Why do we use object pronouns in this imperative statements and what is the name of this kind of structure conveying kindness, hate and other emotions?: Kindness: Thank you!, Bless you! Hate: Damn ...
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Omission of direct object [closed]

There are some verbs that in English don't take any object direct like "to promise" in: I promise; to know: I know. Besides, on replying a question like: Are you sure? Yes, I am. Translated into ...
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What is the grammatical difference between “think” and “support”

A friend of mine is learning English. Today, while studying, we ran into a situation that I (as a native English speaker) don't know how to explain. To think and to support are both transitive verbs. ...
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What is an object of a preposition

What does it mean "object of a preposition"? Could you explain it by one or two example sentences?
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ambiguity of “for”

I know "for" may have different meaning in different context. I'll cook the dinner for you. This sentence can be understood as 1) I'll cook the dinner for you to enjoy it. "you" is the ...
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Does the trick of replacing “who/whom” with “he/him” always work?

In many grammar books, whenever Who vs Whom comes up, you get the rule (who is used for to refer to the subject, whom is for the object or preposition) and then you get this supposedly handy tip: ...