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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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"... hours he spent leisurely" vs. "... hours he spent them leisurely."

The first two hours he spent (them) leisurely. Google Docs suggested that I remove them in that sentence. But if I do that, spent doesn't have an object anymore. Or maybe it's okay to omit objects in ...
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How to make an object question for the object of infinitive of purpose?

Object questions are easy, if in the sentence there is just a main verb, showing the whole action. What if there is an infinitive of purpose with an (prepositional) object? How does one make object ...
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She was told a joke

She was told a joke Is a joke an object here? Or maybe a compulsory adjunct? Cuz I think she was told doesn't make sense on its own. I'm confused, can someone help?
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"Abraham's contact number john saved in the phone." vs "John saved abraham's contact number in the phone."

Abraham's contact number john saved in the phone. John saved abraham's contact number in the phone. Which one is grammatically correct? My teachers are saying that both of these are correct but it ...
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Subject and object questions

I am studying the subject and object questions and I saw an example here Asking object - subject questions. "Did" or past form of the verb in Past Simple but I'm not sure it that's correct: ...
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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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Difference between did and was/were in the past tense [closed]

I am looking / would like to learn basic difference or understanding when to use did and was/were in the past tense. looking answer with example that will be greatly appreciated from the community. ...
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Can verbs that take only one object, which is an indirect object, be considered to be monotransitive verbs?

According to this website, and a certain grammar textbook I own, verbs with the mono-transitive valency pattern take a direct object (and not an indirect object). The textbook does not list a ...
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What is the real function of objects?

I expect you to be my friend. I expect that you’ll be my friend. I see the only difference is that “you” is an object in sentence 1 and that-clause is an object in sentence 2. In this situation, I ...
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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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How to use the word 'unexpectedly'?

What would be the correct interpretation of the word 'unexpectedly' in a sentence. For example. I spoke to her unexpectedly. My question regarding the above sentence is what is the correct ...
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Can I omit an object after 'those who + verb?'

Those who speak English respect those who don't speak English. Those who speak English respect those who don't speak. Those who speak English respect those who don't. I believe the first and third ...
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Is this use of 'whom' correct? [duplicate]

Apologies for the subject matter but, from a recent novel: This was a person I had known for several years, since college, whom I had seen vomit, whose life-changing cover letter I had basically ...
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Are the sentences in quotations marks objects of verbs of the main sentences?

Harvold, who has not passed his driving test, said, 'I realized the bus was out of control when I was speaking to the students on the microphone.' 'We hit a barrier and swerved to the other side of ...
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What would you write as the object of this sentence?

Learning to respect others is important. Is the object: "to respect others" or "to respect"?
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With Tom's being a VIP, we should treat him very well

With Tom being a VIP, we should treat him very well. With Tom's being a VIP, we should treat him very well. Do they both sound correct?
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'Make it happen' or 'make it happens'

We use the phrase make it happen. But why don't we use happens since it has the third-person pronoun it? Why not Make it happens
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When one of the two objects of a verb is a reflexive pronoun

We say 'pass me the salt' and 'pass the salt to me'. We also say 'I found the right car for me'. But which of the following sentences are correct? I found the right car for myself. I found myself the ...
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dislike getting married?

I'm wondering if the object of "dislike" should be something that is naturally repeatable. Does it make sense to say the following? Many women dislike getting married.
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What is the object of the verb here?

He put the snacks on the table for us to savor. Is the verb savour used transitively in the above sentence? Is this a case of ellipsis where the object them (snacks) is understood?
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Is it necessary to add an object?

If I want to admit I have lied, I can say "I have lied". But can I also say "I have stolen" or "I have smoked" by itself or do I need to add what I have stolen or smoked? ...
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What does this prepostion take as its own (implied) object?

I happened to see some comic website and found the web comic book writer wasn't drawing the comic for months and he got back with his update. And I saw this comment his fan wrote to the post. It said :...
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Can an object be placed before the subject?

✲ I her admire. (James McCawley, The Syntactic Phenomena of English) The sentence above is unacceptable; yet consulting “That I do” (John Steinbeck’s East of Eden), ‘Her I admire’ seems to be ...
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Doing Object-Verb inversion

I was reading a poem named I Dream a World by Langston Hughes, where the first two lines say: I dream a world where man No other man will scorn At first I was having difficulties understanding this ...
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"I come from France"

Is "France" the direct object in the sentence? "I" is doing the verb "come" but is France receiving the verb? The grammar book says that direct object answers who or what ...
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What kind of object is "people" in "He looks down on people"?

Is people in he looks down on people 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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'Yours and mine' or 'Your and my'?

I'm pretty clear about using subject or object version of pronouns. While writing a line, I naturally wrote it in this way - Your and my grandparents had grown listening to this piece of music. But ...
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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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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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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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"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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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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"Not I" or "Not me"?

After asking about “me” for answering a question. at Answering a question with "Me" instead of "I" + <auxiliary verb>, I think I understand how to use “me” for answering a ...
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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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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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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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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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Where are the objects and the attributes in these sentences

Where are the objects and the attributes in these sentences? There was no reply, but in a moment Miss Glaser began to play the opening bars of one of Schumann’s songs. It was no strain on the ...
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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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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". ...