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

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What kind of object is “people” in “He looks down on people”?

Is it a direct object or an object of a preposition? I'm confused because "looks down on" is a phrasal verb, which should mean that "on" isn't a preposition.
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Is “his wife” a pronoun in this sentence?

In this sentence, I know "them" is a pronoun but I'm not sure if "his wife" is a pronoun or not? Rand loves sports cars, and his wife loves them too
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Can be “due to” used with regards to a 'positive' consequence attributable to a person?

I am not sure of whether this use of "due to" is correct or not: "This progress is due to Thomas." Where it says "progress" you can put any sort of positive result, ...
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“Give me it” is considered a mistake?

I usually say 'Give it to me please'. But I've heard a non English speaker mom who said to her baby girl 'Give me it'. Is it considered natural or it's a mistake?
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Indirect questions - Identifying Subject / Object in indirect questions

I'm struggling to identify subjects and objects in indirect questions. Any rule of thumb to distinguish them apart? Here is my thinking.. In the following question, which would be the subject and ...
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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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What is tea called in the sentence?

Drinking tea is good for health. What is the function and name of the part of speech tea in the sentence given below. Drinking tea is good for health. Some grammarians say that tea is the object of ...
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Usage of 'barring' to mean 'except'

While trying to find example sentences online for another question on this site, I realized I didn't fully understand the usage of 'barring' to mean 'except'. Here is an example: I was basically ...
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“Left dislocation” of object for emphasis

I admire her. (SVO). Her I admire. (OSV). The left dislocation of the object is due to emphasis on it. "I know when he will come." Here, the object is "when he will come". Is 'left ...
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in the following grammar

Consider we have the sentence My bird likes sunflower seeds. She eats a lot of seeds everyday. Using pronoun resolution we can replace she with the actual subject 'My birds'; converting 'She ...
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Identifying subject and object of wh- non question

So I have this sentence What the feeling of the student is. But I'm a bit confused when identifying the subject and object of this sentence. Can anyone help me?
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Object and subject in the sentence with to be verbs

How can I determine the object and subject of sentences with to be verb? For example, what are the object and subject of the below sentence? The impacts of new changes are insignificant
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Are “How much” and “How many” used in Object Questions, Subject Questions or both?

I came across with a text saying that questions starting with "How much" and "How many" are considered Subject Questions. I understand that in examples like: How many people are in the party? How ...
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Sentences without subjects and objects

I believe that a sentence in English must have a subject. (It does not necessarily have an object as for intransitive verbs.) A sentence without a subject is also possible as in an imperative sentence....
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Have to parse “appreciate it if.”

I will appreciate it if you can help me. Someone says "it" is the dummy object, with the if-clause being the real one. I doubt it , because if that is the case, "if" can be replaced with "whether", ...
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Is the comma in this context grammatical

Russian military officers hacked Democratic servers to steal thousands of emails in 2016, the intelligence community and the special counsel found. Is the comma above grammatical? I think it isn't ...
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Indirect/direct objects with the verb “give”: “give to you” vs. “give you”

If we start with this sentence: The girl gave me the information I wanted. Then which is the right question to ask about that situation: What did the girl give you? or What did the girl ...
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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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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 ...