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Is a verb transitive when used only with an indirect object? [closed]

I am learning about indirect objects and transitivity in French, but I believe that my question is also valid in English. Therefore, I'd like to sort this out in English. If a verb is used only with ...
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Does "to help" only have indirect object without having a direct object?

there. I stumbled upon this sentence: The charity gave them money to help them purchase a house. While trying to analyse it, I met some problems related to the verb "to help". My first ...
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'She' as sentence object [duplicate]

In the following sentence from Lolita, Humbert Humbert, in describing with maximum condescension the character of his new wife, states: 'I had always been aware of the possessive streak in her, but I ...
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Use of pronoun for objects in the preceding sentence [duplicate]

I am having some doubts regarding the use of pronouns.  Please have a look at the following sentences. I picked a pen from the dustbin yesterday.  It writes very smoothly. I picked a pen from the ...
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Origin of stating indirect object by sentence structure and no pronoun

Background Consider the following from The Punisher season 2, with names replaced to avoid spoilers: ― Where is Donna, Jim? You tell me where she is, maybe I can pull your ass out of the fire with ...
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The sentence structure containing a relative pronoun indicating the indirect object in the clause

When you want to indicate an indirect object with a relative pronoun, you might change the sentence structure from "verb + IO + DO" to "verb + DO + to IO. But this conversion may be ...
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Object vs adverbial

In the sentence: "The teachers in our school are nice." Is "in our school" an adverbial or part of the subject "The teachers in our school"? Wondering because it would ...
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Grammar of sentence "He helps people find happiness"? Object Complement or Indirect object?

He helps people find happiness. Is this an example of an Indirect Object (People) or an Object Complement (find happiness)?
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Appropriate pronoun for "deciding on" + pronoun + infinitive? [duplicate]

I was wondering about the grammar of sentences like this: They decided on him going to Japan and her going to China. Or should it be like this? They decided on he going to Japan and she going to ...
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Interjecting adverbs between indirect and direct objects in ditransitive verb phrases?

I'm currently writing a paper about a syntactic issue in English and I was curious how these sounded to everyone. Sam put carefully the coffee on the desk. Sam put the coffee carefully on the desk. ...
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Can prepositions and verbs have an indirect object(s) or is the object of a verb(s) or preposition(s) always direct? [closed]

This is something I have always wondered, but I have been struggling with the subject-object thing for too long a time now, I can still very much in English learner.
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Usage of "next to" with dates and time periods

In sentence of form Something must be reported prior to the first working day next to the reporting month. does "next to" strictly means "after reporting month" or it can be treated as one before ...
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What is the subject in a passive infinitive sentence saying "to be considered for a promotion"

Once the employees have completed the company's largest project successfully, they will be offered an opportunity to be considered for a promotion. I found that sentence in my English book and ...
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"Log hours against a task"

To give a little bit of context, I work on an software development company and we use a project management tool in which we raise tasks (we call them jiras, actually, but nevermind that) that ...
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In "You did me wrong", is "wrong" an adverb or some other part of speech instead?

Consider: You did me wrong. In that sentence, is wrong an adverb or some other part of speech? I don’t understand the syntactic construction being used here.
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The semantic role of an object of a verb

I've posted a question in English Language Learners as to this sentence: Mom made me a sandwich. The intended meaning was "Mom made a sandwich, intending it for me." There, I came to realize that ...
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Is it idiomatically to say "It is <adverb> doesn't ..."?

Several times I met the phrase as: "It is currently doesn't ...", for example "It is currently doesn't work...". First of all, it seems that the phrase itself is grammatically incorrect, because the ...
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When i quote you from him you do not listen but when i quote you from Einstein you listen [closed]

Feeling great to join this network. I appreciate it. I have a question: is it better to use the word quote or cite in such situation talking with a hypocrite person? "When I quote you from him ...
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Is it "George and I" or "George and me"? [duplicate]

Recently, at McCain's funeral Obama said: "After all, what better way to have the last laugh than to make George and I say nice things about him to a national audience." Is it "George and I" or "...
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Is expression "It does us no harm." grammatically correct?

I would write it with "to": "It does to us no harm." or "It does no harm to us". Similar example from https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/do-to "I’ll never forgive him for ...
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Indirect object pronoun before direct object

I have seen a few people say that indirect objects that are in the form of a pronoun should be placed before the direct object in a sentence. Why is that? I didn’t know it mattered. For example: “I ...
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Confusing syntax in sentences with indirect object complements

Some verbs produce unambiguous syntax when used with an indirect object. I brought a toy to Katy. --> I brought Katy a toy. I bought flowers for my wife. --> I bought my wife flowers. ...
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Which is the direct object and which is the object complement in this sentence? [duplicate]

I was reading a book on English grammar and it stated that the object complement may also be an adjective. In the sentence "Roger called George heartless", Roger was the subject, called was the verb, ...
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Comma in to kick someone something

Which of the following is correct? 1) I kicked Tim the bag 2) I kicked Tim, the bag (with a comma) I want to say that I kicked the bag to Tim, do I need to put a comma after Tim? Thank you
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Verbs which do not take indirect object pronouns

I have a book with exercises of the type: My uncle sent a book to my sister. Which should be transformed as: My uncle sent my sister a book. There are some which do not seem to work well: ...
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"I remember the advice he gave to me" Why add preposition to?

While I was reading a book, I stumbled upon a sentence "I remember the advice he gave to me". From my understanding, give can be used in two ways. First. Give + IO + DO. For example, "He gave me an ...
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What is the subject in "The gift Karen gave to her brother is a teddy bear"?

I am unable to ascertain what would be the subject in the following sentence. The gift Karen gave to her brother is a teddy bear. Here the relative pronoun (that) has been omitted after the word ...
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Which one is the direct object and indirect object?

Everyone is looking at us. In the above sentence, "to look" is the verb, "everyone" the subject. Is "us" a direct object or indirect object? How do you find the DO and IO?
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Diagramming a Sentence with a Causative Verb

For a Reed–Kellogg sentence diagram, how would you diagram a sentence with a causative verb like "made"? For example: The hot weather made her want to swim. I understand that "weather" is the ...
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what is the direct object & the indirect object in the sentence in my post

I am trying to learn about direct and indirect objects. My question is sadly very simple but I'm unsure. In the sentence below what is the direct object & what is the indirect object? She should ...
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Using "With" as Part of Indirect Object or Prepositional Phrase [closed]

Update Oddly, the question was closed for "being unclear what you're asking" -- even though it is quite clear what I was asking since (1) I asked a direct question and (2) people gave very specific ...
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What type of object is 'whom' in this sentence?

In the sentence Whom is she calling? what type of object is whom? Is whom an indirect object because she is doing the calling to a person referred to as whom?
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Can the verb 'last' ever be ditransitive?

(1) That car should last you for ten years. (2) That car should last you ten years. I think these two mean the same thing. In (1), the verb 'last' is clearly monotransitive. How about the verb 'last' ...
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Since the rules do not forbid “I brought him him”, can I therefore say it that way?

I’ve searched about direct and indirect objects, and all explanations have led me to think that I could say this: ?I brought him him. Is that allowed? I think it should be, since the rules governing ...
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Direct object's placement [duplicate]

According to Longman's English grammar's book: We can use two objects after verbs like give and buy. Instead of: Give the book to me, we can say: Give me the book. lnstead of: Buy the book for ...
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Direct and indirect object with "give" and "buy"

I have been studying Longman's English grammar book, and something is really confusing me: We can put it and them after the verb: Give it to me. Buy them for me. Do it for me. With e.g. give and buy, ...
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Is this an indirect object?

"I stole a wallet from her" I have always known indirect verbs to be "to" someone, can a direct object be taken "from" the indirect object?
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Question About Diagramming

This has to do with indirect objects. Take these two sentences for example: The ship's captain gave the crew orders. The ship's captain gave orders to the crew. The first sentence is easy to ...
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Verbs without prepositions [closed]

I was wondering if there exist some list of all verbs we do not put a preposition after them in a sentence? I'm talking about 2 objects in a sentence - the verb is before indirect object. Eg. I told ...
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Do I need a "with" in the following sentence?

Usually, I know the answer. But the following sentence confuses me: Was he the man she had shared her flesh and feelings (with) for four years? Is the with necessary? Why or why not?
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Can a prepositional phrase act as an indirect object?

For example, in the sentence: I baked a cake for my mom. Direct object (DO): cake Indirect object (IO): for my mom Some webpages say IO can only come before DO While others explain that a ...
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Can an infinitive be used as an indirect object?

Is it possible to use an infinitive as an indirect object? For example, in the sentence 'I persuaded him to go there,' I guess that 'him' is the direct object and 'to go there' is an indirect object....
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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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Is "Whom did you give the book?" ungrammatical?

You gave him the book.                       (1) Based on the sentence (1), it seems to me that the following form of question is possible: ...
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Indirect objects that answer the question "by whom"

Here is a sentence from Chapter Seventeen of Huckleberry Finn. The sentence appears in a grammar worksheet: When I got to the three log doorsteps I heard them unlocking and unbarring and ...
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Why does a pronoun as the predicate of an indirect object (e.g. "I gave her it") sound wrong?

Forgive me if I've used the wrong terms in the title, I did my best given my middle-school grammar lessons and Wikipedia. "I gave her the book" sounds just fine, but "I gave her it" sounds stilted ...
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Question about indirect object?

Grammar is driving me crazy. What would crazy be in this sentence? Is it an indirect object?
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"The mixture was added water": Is "add" a double-object verb?

The mixture was added water. This sentence, written by a non-native speaker, seems somehow odd to me, but I cannot say that I find it at all ambiguous. This example sentence is written by a speaker ...
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Indirect object? Direct object? In active voice? In passive voice?

The following sentence has an active voice verb and an indirect object (IO) me and a direct object (DO) book: "Jeff gave me a book." As I understand, a passive voice verb comprises (1) a form of the ...
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Does including an indirect object in a question change the answer or just help specify it?

For example, I'm trying to figure out what the proper answer to a question like, "Why did the car blow up two weeks ago?" Would the answer to the question be simply the reason why the car blew up, ...
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