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Can a catenative complement be a predicative complement?

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Page 251) has this section in Chapter 4 The clause: complements: 5 Predicatives and related elementsA predicative complement is oriented towards a ...
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Could the prepositional phrase be replaced by a absolute/non-finite construction acting as a supplement? [duplicate]

When everyone was seated, he suggested going around the table, with each guest telling the others about their missing children. Source:- https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/06/five-hostages ...
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What is the grammatical term for a noun after a gerund/infinitive

For instance, there are the sentences "Reading books is good" and "To be a hero is your duty." Could I say that books and "hero" are objects of the verbs reading and To ...
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Can you use two present participles in the same sentence? [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences would be correct? Seeing them eating the cake made me hungry. Seeing them eat the cake made me hungry. The second sentence seems correct to me, but I'm not sure.
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I wish to see my children to have/having a happy life? [duplicate]

I am confused between the infinitive “to have” and its gerund counterpart “having". For example, I wish to see my children to have a happy life. or I wish to see my children having a happy ...
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Ambiguity in the nature of the participle: an adjective, a verb or a non-finite participle clause [duplicate]

Is there ay test to differentiate between an adjective phrase, a participle clause and a verb phrase in the passive? I know they all function as modifiers to an NP. In the following examples I am a ...
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Possessives with gerunds

When a phrase, such as “doing something” is used used as a noun, I understand it becomes a gerund phrase. When it includes a pronoun subject, the phrase becomes a clause, in which the pronoun ...
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Should this verb be in the third-person singular form, the infinitive form, or the present participle form? [duplicate]

Watching a game review, I've noticed a phrase whose meaning confused me. The reason why I got confused is that the author used a base form of the verb "to explore" in pair with the singular ...
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Can prepositions be 'subordinators'?

"For her to lose the election would make me very happy." What I think is that here "For her to lose the election" is an infinitival non-finite subordinate clause & "for&...
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Non-finite clause vs phrase

We know that a clause is a sentence which is a part of a sentence. So, a clause is itself a sentence having a subject and a predicate, but a phrase is just a group of words. To tell you the truth,I ...
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See somebody do/doing something [duplicate]

Consider these two variations: Every morning, tourists can see soldiers raise the national flag in the square. Every morning, tourists can see soldiers raising the national flag in the square. What ...
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When do present participles shift from being "gerunds" or "verbal nouns" to become non-finite clauses?

Note: This is not a question about what is the difference between a gerund, verb and participle, interesting as that polemic may be. It is about non-finite clauses, which does bear upon these ...
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What does 'fungus-growing' mean?

Renowned Swiss entomologist Martin Luscher described the mounds of this fungus-growing species as being as much as 16 feet tall, 16 feet in diameter at their base, and with a cement-like wall of ...
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The gerund and its complementation

In what cases does the gerund stemming from a transitive verb take the direct object of that verb and when is a prepositional complement used? For example: Brown's deft painting of his daughter is ...
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Can we have non-finite clauses with overt subject without "for"?

I read the following in a comment to an answer to another post of mine: "What’s the difference between expect for things to improve and expect things to improve? Is that for part of expect for, or is ...
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How is "swimming" being used grammatically in "I saw them swimming in the lake"?

Consider this sentence: I saw them swimming in the lake. How is "swimming" used in the sentence? Is it a gerund or verb or anything else and how is it connected to the sentence? I am mostly aware ...
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Grammatical term for a noun coming after an infinitive?

I didn't come to offer help. As far as I can tell, this is how I would analyze this sentence from a grammatical perspective. I = pronoun didn't = aux. verb with "not" for negation. come = zero ...
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(Noun) being (noun) verb ... AND With (noun) being (noun), ...?

First time poster here. Please forgive me for violating any rules if I have. I might also be asking a stupid question. So... I have heard 'being' used in different situations and naturely pick up ...
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Terminology: Definition of the term "direct object"

In Michael Swan's "Practical English Usage", he states in section 16.1: Many verbs besides auxiliaries can be followed by forms of other verbs (or by structures including other verbs). This ...
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"I have you returning the car."

Context: Top Notch 2 Conversation: Agent: I have you returning the car on August 14th here at the airport. Renter: Yes. That's correct. I am puzzled by this sentence in a conversation between a ...
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"I hate Jill singing those songs." = "I hate Jill when she is singing those songs."?

Can the sentence I hate Jill singing those songs. mean I hate Jill when she is singing those songs. Or does it mean something else?
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What tense is used for "go" in "you see it go away"? [duplicate]

I understand it's not the present tense, else it would be "goes". Is the sentence grammatically correct? If so, does it mean "you are seeing that it is going away"?
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'watch her run' vs 'watch her running' [duplicate]

QUESTION 1 I'm trying to figure out the seemingly subtle difference(s) between a sentence modified by a bare infinitive and one modified by a participle phrase. What do you get out of these: I ...
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Non-finite clause complementation of complex transitive verbs

This question has been bothering me for a while. It came up when I was reading Chapter 16 of "A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language." How to explain the grammatical structure of the ...
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"Heard me [infinitive]" vs. "heard me [present participle]"

"Heard me [infinitive]" vs. "heard me [present participle]" At that time, you wouldn't have heard me talk about it. At that time, you wouldn't have heard me talking about it. At ...
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Correct usage of "see" vs. "watch"

I have seen them grow up. I have watched them grow up. Though the intended meaning is conveyed in both sentences, I want to know which in this case is a better fit, see or watch.
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