Questions about the part of speech governed by prepositions and active transitive verbs.

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“There is to be no drinking beer today” What is the status of “no” and “beer” here?

There's no doubting her sincerity. There's no telling what she's done. There's no guessing which way they'll bolt. There's to be no drinking beer today. There's no telling her. The word no is ...
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Use of “substitute” [closed]

I know that substitute is often used with a prepositional phrase as in: "I can substitute this book with yours." But can I use it with a direct object alone as in the following? "I will substitute ...
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commercial line — strange?

I don't know if it's only me, but I found this sentence (actually a phrase) extremely annoying. The fact that you can travel with it as a laptop and use it as a drawing tool ... "Use it as a ...
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Subject/object of sentence

Am I right in thinking this sentence in today's Irish Times is wrong: "A long-serving employee dismissed by Dunnes Stores after it won an appeal against an award of €67,500 damages to her has been ...
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Adjective phrase/clause to describe the object of the sentence

Am I using the adjective phrase correctly in the following sentence? "I want to be someone like you, smart and beautiful." I know that using the adjective phrase to describe the subject of the ...
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Discontinuous noun phrase and apposition involving object complements

I was wondering whether these uses of discontinuity are valid. Here are two uses I would like to question: The use of discontinuous noun phrase: [1a] He made the system useless that could have ...
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Is “Do you want to try?” incorrect?

I was watching a video about the most frequent mistakes Brazilians make speaking English and the first mistake was saying "Do you want to try?" instead of "Do you want to try it?". I'm a native ...
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The verb “gift” followed by the indirect object [closed]

I am editing English translations of Arabic poetry for a multilingual literary journal, and stumbled across the following stanza: Smile, my darling, Give a gift to the world that gifts you, ...
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Use of the verb 'think' with an indirect object and direct object [closed]

Is it correct to use a construction with the verb 'think', having an indirect and direct object, like the following, which I heard, I believe, on Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends from my childhood. ...
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Asking subject - object questions. 'Did' or past form of the verb in Past Simple?

The question is about the rule of asking questions in Past Simple tense. Please, look at the questions below and tell me if my thinking and naming of questions stated here are correct? For example ...
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object or adverb

I'd like to ask that in the sentence 'I go to him' , is 'him' direct object (or 'to him' is prepositional phrase functioning as adverb . I know that I go to the cinema , 'to the cinema' is adverb of ...
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“He who” as an indirect object [duplicate]

Is the following incorrect? Return it to he who gave it to you. Presuming it is, how would I correct it? (without resorting to saying "to the person who gave it to you," which is somewhat ...
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Multiple memoirs about multiple authors' deaths

This sentence is from an image caption on the New Yorker's website: Memoirs rarely tremble with such life as when expressing their author's death. Why is it okay to say "their author's death" ...
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Should a different word be used when “what” is used as an object?

While speaking with a co-worker today, I asked "Who should I speak with?" I quickly corrected myself saying "With whom should I speak?" I followed with "What should I look at?" To ...
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You can't put a flower in an a**hole and call it a vase

I am not trying to be funny (other than the fact that the joke is, in and of itself, funny). I'm asking someone to parse this for me. Seems to me it should be something like, "You can't put a flower ...
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Do passive sentences have objects?

I was answering a question on ELL and I came across a question of my own, namely whether there are objects in passive sentences. In this case the sentence was, Bobby was ran [sic] over by Billy's ...
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Can a pronoun functioning as Object also be a Subject?

I want him to call me tomorrow. In this sentence we see: I, subject; want, verb; him, object. What is the subject of to call? Him? But him is the object of the verb want. Is this a correct ...
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Gerund phrase…is it really?

Object of Preposition Some people consider my interest in gardening an obsession. (The gerund phrase is “gardening an obsession.”) As I was searching around for the correct use of ...
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Is “away” an adverb in “He ran away”. Also, is it an Object?

Is 'away' the object of the verb 'ran' in: I ran away ... or is it an adverb modifying the verb 'ran'? It seems to be obligatory, which may indicate that it's a phrasal verb as ODO has a ...
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How to identify the object in a sentence? [closed]

What is the object in the sentence, "We went down the slope."
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Grammatically, what is “It” in the following sentence?

I'm currently working at a private academy in Korea, and my boss just asked me a real head-scratcher. In the sentence: It doesn't have to be hot and humid for players to lose too much water from ...
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Subject pronoun or object pronoun?

Here is a sentence: Everyone likes you but her/she. What should be the correct pronoun? According to me since we are replacing a subject with a pronoun it should be she, but the answer according ...
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Is “Me” instead of “I” as a nominative pronoun actually acceptable?

TL;DR; Has 'Me and whoever' long become acceptable usage in informal speech? In the comments on this answer on ELL, I corrected the usage of "me" instead of "I". "My boyfriend and I.. " 😁 ...
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Use of don't and doesn't [duplicate]

In the following sentence which is correct, and why? As homeschool moms, we know there (don't/doesn't) seem to be enough hours in the day to tackle all that we want to teach our girls.
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Is “ran after” a phrasal verb?

I'm having some difficulty parsing this sentence: "The old beggar ran after the rich man." Is the verb "ran" (intransitive) with no object, or is it "ran after" (transitive) with the object ...
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Word with -ee as a suffix

Is it correct English to be able to add the suffix -ee on to any verb to show the object of that verb? Ex: Abandonee is "one to whom something is abandoned" Observee is "one who is observed" ...
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Direct and indirect objects in the sentences

In the sentence, There is a full moon in the sky. ... will the sky be treated as the object in the sentence?
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“He may have been criticized by people who/whom have other opinions” [duplicate]

"He may have been criticized by people who/whom have other opinions" Which is right, who or whom? :)
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Is “door” the direct object of “The cat ran out the door”?

My friend and I got into a heated discussion about direct objects. While we both understand what they are and how they work, we got stuck on a random sentence that I blurted out. Now, if I say: ...
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“I saw him playing football”

In this sentence, is "playing football" a participle phrase describing the object "him", or is "him playing football" all a gerund phrase functioning as the object? The problem with English grammar ...
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Is there an object in this sentence?

You need to practise your proofreading. In this sentence, "you" is the subject and "need" is the verb. But is there an object? At the moment I am guessing that there isn't and that to practise ...
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How is this structure named in English grammar? (main clause + object + -ing form)

I've been hearing this sentence structure for a while, so i wanted to learn about it but couldn't find specific information on the internet since i didn't know how this structure was named in English ...
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Indirect vs direct object

Consider the two sentences John taught himself calculus. John taught himself. In the first sentence 'himself' is the indirect object and 'calculus' is the direct object. In the second ...
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“The sky is blue” - Is it a clause?

In the expression The sky is blue, is the adjective "blue" an object? Is this a clause or a sentence at all?
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Clauses in Sentences

I understand that a clause contains (in order) a subject, verb and object, like below: He let his daughter. "He" is the subject, "let" is the verb and "his daughter" is the object. But what ...
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“someone or I” and “me or someone”

I have looked at all the related posts but can't find a definite answer for the following question, so try not to dismiss this as answered: "John or I will get back to you later" "Me or John will get ...
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The Usage of “ask”

Are the sentences below correct? I asked "Please send me some money." Can you use ask in direct discourse? John: What did you ask Tom? Megan: I asked "leave me alone." Can you omit the ...
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To explain or to be explained

I have searched lots of websites to understand which one is correct in this sentence: It is too hard to (be) explain(ed). Some people say that after some adjectives called tough adjectives you ...
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Prepositional phrase Vs Direct object

I have seen the rule put forward that We need a direct object to form a passive sentence. The following sentences don't have direct objects according to some schools of thought, they have ...
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Yes, this is she. Who's calling? [duplicate]

I've read in a book that I should "use the subjective case if the pronoun is the complement of the linking verb to be". That is the following sentences are correct: They believed that the thief was ...
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Is this use of “whom” correct? Can I use “who” here instead?

I want to shorten this: I sent emails to four others. One person responded. Does the following sentence correctly use whom to achieve my goal? I sent emails to four others, one of whom ...
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When to use -ed or not as part of objective portion of sentence

Which one of the following usage is correct and why? I would like to have the content changed to the following: ... OR I would like to have the content change to the following: ... The ...
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“Whom” or “who” where the referent is both subject and object?

I understand there has been so much on this topic but I am still confused. I get that if the person is the subject it is who and anything else is whom. However, I'm really struggling to work out this ...
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What is the general term that describes subjects and objects? (direct, indirect and prepositional objects)

John gave Jack money with enthusiasm. John is the subject, Jack the indirect object, money the direct object, and enthusiasm a prepositional object. Is there a general term that describes the ...
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What are the things after prepositions called formally?

I eat rice from a bowl with a spoon. I is the subject. Rice is the object. What are things like bowl and spoon called?
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Can a sentence begin with an object or reflexive noun?

I'm writing a function (for a game) which converts a sentence with Spivak pronouns into one with pronouns as specified by a user-selected template. For example, the following input sentence: "E ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use “we” or “us” as well as the name of a group? e.g. “A meeting of we employees went very well.”

Is "we + [name of group]" a grammatically correct construction? Example: "A meeting of we employees went very well." Also, what about this: "They gave donuts to us employees at the meeting."
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Does one include a comma after the last proposition in a list of multiple preposition-verb pairs

Should I do this: The developers are less experienced in, or passionate about, UX. Or should I remove the last comma: The developers are less experienced in, or passionate about UX. This ...
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Correct use of subject/object in sentence?

In the sentence: It is fun to be him/he, would you use him or he? A teacher told me that you use the object form after the infinitive of to be. Is this true?
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Should this sentence have a singular or plural object?

Is the correct version this: But in general such verses have rarely been accepted as a genuine part of the book. OR this: But in general such verses have rarely been accepted as genuine ...