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Can an inanimate object “claim” to do something? Like a car that “claims” 45 mpg?

Excited to find this website! Is it incorrect to say that a "dietary supplement claims to treat" a condition, or that a car "claims to get 40 mpg"? I thought that as these are inanimate objects, ...
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Recommend someone

I'd like to ask about the use of the verb "recommend" in the following sentences: We'd recommend you to book your flight early. The plumber recommended me to buy a new water heater. The ...
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Can a prepositional phrase be the direct object?

We're covering grammar in English I, and we just got to gerunds. In one of the exercises, I had the sentence "Pilgrims learned about planting crops from the Wampanoags." I'm supposed to find the ...
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I have named him/he who shall not be named?

I have named him/he who shall not be named. Which of these is correct? I think it should be "him" because "him" is a direct object in this context. In this context, "him/he who shall not be named" is ...
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Usage of begrudge

While looking up this word, I found a weird usage, for example: She begrudged Martin his affluence She begrudged her friend the award. Applying common sense, it's clear that she envied her ...
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Direct and Indirect Objects with the verbs: Give, Buy, and Bring

Both these phrases are correct, Give me it Buy me them so why are these sentences wrong? Give John it Buy John them In these sentences, "me/John" are both indirect ...
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Opposite of “to put a good word in for”? “Backstab” doesn't work

I know that when I have an associate who I think highly of and is very capable of performing the job (or person for a relationship) [s]he is pursuing, I will want to find the "recruiters" and put a ...
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Singular or plural usage for ellipsis in direct object

Suppose I have the following sentences: There should be an X and a Y chromosome. There should be an X and a Y chromosomes. Is the second grammatically correct? If the last word had to be plural for ...
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Object complement adjective, or direct object, or?

Jill painted the kitchen rosey red. In this sentence, would red be considered an object complement adjective? If so, what do I do with rosey, since I cannot have an adjective modifying another ...
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Can a person be a direct object?

Is "him" a direct object in the sentence: "They sent him to prison."? Several online sources claim that direct object answers the question "What?" But it seems that it is not always the case.
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Can I say “acquire someone something”?

It’s common to say “someone acquires something”, but is it OK to say “acquires someone something”? For example, it is possible to say His character acquires him a good name.                   ...
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Does “sell” have a direct object in “This is the car that Peter wants to sell”?

For the below sentence, I can identify "This car" as the direct object of the verb "sell". Peter wants to sell this car. However, if the sentence is changed as follows, does the verb "sell" ...
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Direct object and indirect object in the sentence “Bill promised Mary to fix her car.”

In the following sentence Bill promised Mary to fix her car. Maybe I can write this sentence like this: Bill promised Mary (for Bill) to fix her car. Bill is the subject of the verb fix, ...
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Is ‘there’ being treated as an object (noun)? [closed]

The word "there" in this sentence doesn't seem to be necessary. But if it is there, what exactly is it? A noun? An adverb? See there where the willow bends over the brook.
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verbs with two direct objects

In German the verb fragen takes 2 direct objects. Is it the same in English? I ask you something. Or is the person being asked considered an indirect object? If so, can I reformulate it using ...
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Can't 'fail' have noun as its direct object?

He failed to appear. (1) ✲ What he failed was to appear. (2) What he failed to do was appear. (Angela Downing, English Grammar: A University Course) Oxford has the case that fail takes ...