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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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Can I say "You will start all again"

Is it right to say "You will start all again"? I know that 'You will start all over again' is right and I think I can also say 'You will start it all again'. But can I say 'You will start all again'?
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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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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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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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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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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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Sentence structure of "[Something] helped win her the respect [of somebody]"?

I encountered this sentence: Her unquestioned probity helped win her the respect of her fellow judges. I take it to mean Her unquestioned probity helped her win the respect of her ...
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Interpretation of 'against' in 'offend against'

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/offend contains the definition. Are people whose jobs concern the fight against crime likely to be biased jurors? ... The court decided that ...
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What is "early spring" in following sentence?

The hills here are covered with wildflowers in early spring. At first, I thought it was an adverbial phrase but it's not. Preposition in implies that "early spring" is a noun but how? Let's look at ...
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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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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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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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What does "to do so" refer to in the following sentence?

What does "to do so" refer to in the following sentence: Although these ambiguities formed a backdrop to the heated debates in the formulation of the WDR, the real controversy concerned ...
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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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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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What is the object in "he lent me a book"? [duplicate]

It's a very simple question actually, but someone asked this to me suddenly and I got confused He lent me a book. In this sentence, is the object book (the thing being lent) or me (the one ...
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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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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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What do you think of the movie?

What did you think about/of the movie? (Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s) Before I came across this sentence, I used to think that the complement of ‘think’ in the above is the prepositional phrase. (...
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The passive voice with prepositional objects

The question concerns changing of the form and place of the direct object and prepositional objects in a sentence after it was reverted to the passive voice. For example let's consider the following ...
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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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"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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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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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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Which one is correct "me" or "I am"?

In this blog, I think objective form of pronoun "me" is wrong. As always, I give you ONLY the facts. You decide for yourself whether he is right or me. Can I rephrase the sentence as follows? ...
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How to use the verb fit?

I'm wondering how to use the verb fit. I found some examples on the internet. Sometimes a indirect object is used, sometimes it's not needed: My clothes fit better now and people keep asking, "Are ...
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Can someone explain to me what are the subject and the object in this sentence?

Example 1: Some of the grain appears to be contaminated. Why the subject is "some" and not "Grain"? Example 2: Pierre puts a lot of garlic in his food. The subject here is "Pierre," but what ...
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A second essential function vision serves is to facilitate major changes. Is the sentence grammatical?

I came across this sentence and am not sure whether it is grammatical. It looks like the clause "a second essential function vision serves" functions as a subject and is embedded into the ...
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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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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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"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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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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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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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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object complement after "due to"

1) Your poor examination result is due to the problem that you do not want to learn about grammar. I use a noun clause "that .....grammar" as a complement for "the problem". Is the sentence structure ...
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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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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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Asking a name/address

Which are correct? He asked my name He asked me my name He asked for my name He asked my address He asked me my address He asked for my address
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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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Can transitive verbs not be followed by an object?

Here's an example of a transitive verb "found" not followed by an object. Can anyone tell me what kind of sentence structure is that which makes this possible? Some people with pain, ...
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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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Is it possible for an object to be both "complicated" and "detailed"?

It seems to me that something cannot be both complicated and detailed. In general usage, complicated seems to be applied to things which are very difficult to understand. For example: The project's ...
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Why can't we say "explain me it" or "say me it"?

By putting the direct object before the indirect object we can say: tell it to me say it to me explain it to me And if we put the indirect object before the direct object we can say: ...
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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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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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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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Does **accomplish** have an object in the following sentence?

Does accomplish have an object in the following sentence? The stability of this growth over extended periods, during which policies and circumstances varied, is quite remarkable and again ...
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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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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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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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