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1) I found myself [nodding with him], agreeing with things I knew to be true.

Is this a complex sentence with a transitive verb?

In this sentence, ''nodding with him'' seems to modify ''myself'' Because, ''I found myself'' could mean ''*I found my soul, my spirit while I was traveling.'' However, with the modifier, it could also mean, I was surprised to discover that we had so much in common. Furthermore, there is no presence of ''be'' which if am I correct reflects a transitive complex sentence. Furthermore, in the past tense, the sentence would be: I was found nodding with him – with the presence of ''be'' it could now be a transitive complex sentence. Moreover, nodding with him respond to a question in Who not in What - With who did she found herself? - Because I had no difficulty to transform the sentence in the past tense and ask a question in Who, I would go for a transitive complex sentence. What do you think?

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    Is the bit in brackets supposed to be a parenthetical, i.e. outside the structure of the clause? – BillJ Nov 14 '17 at 12:39
  • Thanks for your question Bill. The square brackets are here to signify the modifier of the COD. – Mona Nov 14 '17 at 12:42
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    "Myself" is object of the catenative verb "found" and the subordinate clause "nodding with him" is catenative complement of "found". – BillJ Nov 14 '17 at 12:49
  • Thanks, Bill. I really appreciate. I didn't learn about catenative verbs, just read about it now. So if I am not wrong, that can't be a transitive complex sentence, am I right? because of the catenative verb. – Mona Nov 14 '17 at 13:08
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    It is a transitive construction because "found" has a direct object "myself". Yes, it is a complex sentence because it has a subordinate clause "nodding with him". – BillJ Nov 14 '17 at 13:13

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