As for my knowledge, the object in a sentence is used to talk about the thing or person that the verb is done to or who receives the verb.

For example :

I put the orange cat into the garden.

With this sentence, it's easy to identify the object which is the orange cat where the orange cat is the one who receives the verb.

But, how about this :

She was so unpopular that few people visited her in the hospital when she was ill.

I was confused and unsure which one is the object. Is it few people or her? or since the verb here is visited so the object in the sentence is her?

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    Yes, in your first example "the orange cat" is direct object. There is no indirect object. In your second example, the object is "her". "Few people" is subject of the declarative content clause "that few people visited her in the hospital when she was ill". – BillJ Sep 17 '18 at 13:59
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    You mean "As far as I know", not "As for my knowledge", something no native speaker would ever say that way. – tchrist Sep 17 '18 at 16:51
  • @tchrist I thought it's correct to say so. By the way, thank you for the correction. – Leon Sep 18 '18 at 10:06
  • @Leon Perhaps you’ve mixed up “to the best of my knowledge” with “as far as I know”. – tchrist Sep 18 '18 at 12:12

The second sentence is a complex one: it has one independent clause (with the subject 'she') and two dependent ones (with subjects 'people' and 'she'). There's a direct object 'her' in the second clause ('people visited her in the hospital': visited whom?).

These explanations might be useful:

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/grammar/subjects-and-objects https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/grammar/sentencestructure

  • I think there's a significant difference between the "indirect object" in few people visited her in the hospital when she was ill and few people gave her flowers when she was ill, in that the hospital version requires a preposition, whereas to give can be used ditransitively with two objects (one direct, the other indirect) and no prepositions. – FumbleFingers Sep 17 '18 at 13:58
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    The garden is not an indirect object. Rather, it is the complement of the preposition into. Into the garden is a preposition phrase (PP). – linguisticturn Sep 17 '18 at 13:59
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    "The garden" is not an indirect object. It is complement of the prep "into". The PP "into the garden" then functions as a locative complement of "put". – BillJ Sep 17 '18 at 14:09
  • Thanks for the corrections. I've removed the mentioning of indirect objects (which are actually prepositional phrases here). – Alex_ander Sep 17 '18 at 15:51

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