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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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She does homework every day vs She does her homework every day vs She does the homework every day

Can I use the first example? She does homework every day She does her homework every day She does the homework every day Or is the object her required?
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What exactly is the word “there” in an existential construction? And related questions

Consider the example below: "There was a cat under the table." There have been numerous questions asked that have involved the topic of existential constructions and the word "there" that is used ...
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in order for I to do something — “for I”? why not “for me”?

Example: In order to make use of the database, we need a way to perform what are called CRUD tasks. That is to say we need a way to create new data items, read and find existing data items, update ...
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Make it happen?

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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“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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Why is “his driving the car” wrong?

I don't approve of his driving of the car. According to my text book, "his driving" cannot take the object "the car" directly, instead it needs "of" to put the object as in the sentence. Another ...
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'lose your money' or 'lose money for you'

I ran into this sentence, With your average win rate, The game will consistently lose money for you. I wonder why 'lose money for you' is used here instead of 'lose your money'.
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Should an infinitive be treated as a subject or object?

Should an infinitive be treated as a subject or object? For example, in 'I want to know it', is the 'to know' subjective or objective?
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In what situations are both “I” and “me” valid?

I saw this comment by snailplane (emphasis added): Even when both I and me can be used, I wouldn't call them interchangeable—there's often a difference of register. When, if ever, is it equally ...
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Using the verb oversleep

Can we use the verb 'oversleep' with a direct object? For example can we say "a person has overslept something" (such as work, school or plane)? If no, what should we say instead of 'I have overslept ...
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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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Can I say “My dog needs walking”?

Is it grammatically correct to say "my dog needs walking"? Why/why not? A student of mine produced the following phrase: 'My dog needs walking' which seemed wrong to me from the point of view of ...
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Which verb's object is this phrase?

The place was called Enchanted Hunters. Query: What Indian dyes, Diana, did thy dell endorse to make of Picture Lake a very blood bath of trees before the blue hotel? (Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov) ...
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Verbs taking only second (direct) object?

I know that some verbs only take second object. In essence, I suggest you to pay the tax -- is wrong. I suggest you pay the tax -- is correct. I said something to her -- is correct. I said ...
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Is “V-ing of something” structure always possible?

I just have read an article of gerund on Grammar girl and started to wonder. Can transitive verbs always have gerund form followed by "of objective" ? As shown on the site, they defuse the bomb. ...
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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 ...
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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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Does this sentence have two objects and complement for one of them?

I reflected. Poverty looks grim to grown people; still more so to children: they have not much idea of industrious, working, respectable poverty; they think of the word only as connected with ragged ...
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Are you going to come to there vs Are you going to come there?

I would like to know which option is the correct one. Are you going to come to there? Are you going to come there? This is from a short conversation: "Hi Mike, Do you know that tomorrow there is ...
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Which would be better, “I” or “me” in the following sentence?

I see generally people use I for addressing themselves, but some people also use me in the same sense. Which is better to use, I or me? Let I recommend you for this... or Let me recommend ...
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Do I always have to use an object in English conversations?

I'm learning English without natives' help so it is kind of hard for me to confirm my English is grammatically correct or not. One of my friend is from France and likes to point out my English ...
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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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How to identify whether an infinitive phrase functions as a direct object or an object complement?

How to identify whether an infinitive phrase functions as a direct object or an object complement? For example, in the sentence: "Everyone wanted Carol to be the captain of the team. (cited from ...
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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: ...
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placement of objects in sentences

I have two sentences : a. I need to talk to you about something. b. I need to talk about something to you. sentence b doesn't sound correct and I have hardly heard anyone using it. I just changed the ...
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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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Are these two sentences the same? What are the nuances in these two scenarios?

He bought me a book. He bought a book for me. Are the two sentences above the same? I wonder whether there are some nuances differentiating these two scenarios.
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Object/subject question

Given the sentence: I gave Tom a cup. I can say, that I is the subject. But what is object here: "Tom" or "a cup" ?
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Is it okay to omit the object in this sentence?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: He left me without informing.
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What's indirect about indirect objects?

Source: p 126, If I Was You..., Lauren Sussman, 2014 The third type of complement used with a transitive verb is an indirect object. It comes before a direct object and answers the question 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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Was this sentence formed grammatically correct?

"The charts below show the results of a questionnaire that asked visitors to the Parkway Hotel how they rated the hotel's customer service." Does this information sentence above look grammatically ...
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Does the object include the preposition or not?

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes in speaking English. Is this the structure of [verb phrase: don’t be afraid of][object: making mistakes] or [verb phrase: don’t be afraid][object: of making ...
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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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“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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About the object of a verb followed by “to”

In the sentence "He sang to himself." is the pronoun himself the indirect object pf the verb sang? Or is the phrase to himself the (indirect) object of the verb sang?
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“The cat cannot be seen easily.”: Is “seen” the object or part of the verb?

I have problems to parse this sentence: The cat cannot be seen easily. I can't decide if "seen" is part of the verb and the sentence has no object or if it is the object. Or if it is a phrase (in ...
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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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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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Questions about the sentence “All round him the long scar smashed into the jungle” from Lord of the Flies

I still have another question about the sentence "All round him the long scar smashed into the jungle was a bath of heat" from the novel "Lord of the flies". https://yadi.sk/i/uPxx0YAzuTL6s The ...
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How I despised “she” who would rend this family

How awful for us to have to see this horrid girl. I wanted to leap at her and take her nose in my teeth and twist! How I hated this young girl who attacked my Denny with her unre-strained sexuality ...
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Does ‘understood’ take ‘something’ as its direct object in this sentence?

She was not, I was told, in the hospital portion of the house with the fever patients; for her complaint was consumption, not typhus: and by consumption I, in my ignorance, understood something ...
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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 ...