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Questions tagged [objects]

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

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identify object of the sentence [on hold]

I made it my objective to settle the matter. Which is the object of the following sentence? Account for why it is so.
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How to identify a phrasal verb + object from a verb + prepositional phrase

In sentences with the combination “verb + preposition + noun phrase” is there a procedure to identify whether it is a phrasal verb + object or a verb + prepositional phrase? or does it solely depend ...
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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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Odd sounding phrasal verb splits with specific pronouns. Are there rules? [duplicate]

Give the examples... A: Did you check it out? Did you check the book out? Did you check Netflix out? Did you check the recommendation out? Did you clean it out? Did you wipe it off? Did you log it ...
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Possessive pronoun/object pronoun + Gerund

I have been thinking about this for quite a while and have done some research on it. What I have learned is that possessive pronoun+gerund is a structure that's more "formal", while object pronoun + ...
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Identifying the subject: Should ‘who’ or ‘whom’ be used here?

Now, while I think I have come to terms with 'who' and 'whom', I read an article from Oxford Dictionaries that confused me: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/usage/who-or-whom This article states ...
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How tran­si­tiv­ity is de­fined in CGEL

This ques­tion is specif­i­cally for those who are fa­mil­iar with the 2002 edi­tion of The Cam­bridge Gram­mar of the English Lan­guage by Hud­dle­ston and Pul­lum. The book has this pas­sage at ...
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Direct and Indirect objects in “I take my kids to school”

In the sentence I take my kids to school. I would be the subject and the verb would be take. Now, as the verb take is acted upon the kids, I thought my kids was the direct object and the school ...
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Should a comma come before 'you' in this sentence?

I'm wondering whether a comma should precede the pronoun 'you' in the sentence examples below: That's not how the computer works, you fool. Thanks for the assignment tips, you saviour. Whenever I ...
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What is the trail of logic in the sentence

Consider the sentence You don't need to patronize me. To patronize is an infinitive. But I can't understand why use of me is right. Is it the object of the infinitive or of the need verb? Can an ...
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Word that means something despised, strongly avoided, or strongly disliked? [closed]

I know of many words that explain this feeling (abhorrence, enmity, etc for stronger examples) but what is a word that would be the object of these? As in, what word could be used as an object that ...
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What is this grammatical form called and how should punctuation be used

I am trying to find the correct punctuation for the following sentence: It allows connection to, and customisation of, functions available in the program. Does such construction, with two direct ...
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Object in a sentence

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 ...
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Is the signature of a letter a subject or an object?

I want to sign a letter jokingly not by name, but by a personal pronoun. Is the signature a subject or an object? I feel like using object pronoun (me) sounds better, but why? The signature looks more ...
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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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If someone pleads guilty to a crime, can they be described as “convicted”?

If someone pleads guilty to a crime, can I then describe them as being "convicted"? I recognise that a person who pleads guilty to a crime will have a conviction on their record. The confusion ...
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Subject-matter of x, subject of x, object of x

Please help me understand the difference in meaning an nuance between the following phrases: Subject-matter of x (e.g. subject-matter of a book) Subject of x (e.g. subject of a discussion) Object of ...
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I am confused with usage about 'the' and object complement

Is the sentence as below correct in grammar? And is it clear enough? Please copy & paste keyword, mykeyword, into the search box of Google Play Store app or website to locate this pure app ...
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What is the structure in the sentence: “The reason scientists believe that…”

I have this sentence from one of my IELTS books: One of the reasons scientists think that there is a link between stress and cancer is the idea that there may be a cancer-prone personality At ...
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Dependent or Independent clause?

Is "The way people write has changed" an independent clause or dependent clause? In any case please explain in detail. What is the subject, verb and object if there is or if there isn't. Thanks in ...
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How to tell if something is a core complement or a non-core complement?

CaGEL on page 216 cite the following: "Kim gave the key to Pat" An NP indirectly related to the verb through the preposition is referred as an oblique. The phrase "to Pat" is a non-core ...
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Is is possible to say “Admit to something being something else”?

I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out whether the sentence below is grammatically correct or not. (is it okay to say admit to something being something else?) "The Prime Minister admits ...
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Can anyone help me to understand if the following sentence requires 'who' or 'whom'? [duplicate]

I am writing a story and would like to know which one is correct: a) "...and it was impossible to know who was sheltering whom." b) "...and it was impossible to know who was sheltering who." I ...
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“Similarly” between objects of prepositions

I have an example with "the same way". John sits on a chair in the same way as on a bench. How would I say it using "similarly" (not identical)? John sits on a chair similarly to on a bench. ...
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How do subjective and objective pronoun work and which is correct in the mentioned example below?

The one who works hard, is I. The one who works hard, is me I was taught in a school 'It's I' correct in proper English not' It's me' so, I think of the above example that both will be correct ...
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Can you imagine Dad and I putting up with this? [duplicate]

In the questions "Can you imagine Dad and I putting up with this?" is the subject pronoun 'I' correct, or should it be 'me?'
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(raised) object or subordinate subject in catenative clauses

I have a question about objects/subjects in catenative clauses such as He told his daughter to tidy her room. I’ve found two main kinds of analysis of clauses such as these – those where his ...
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Can you say “Alone <object>”? [closed]

can you say for example: Alone Potato? I want to say that a potato is alone, like "look at that alone potato". I think lonely Potato is better right? But can you say alone potato also? Or is this ...
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How do you interpret “we can talk tea”?

On a package of tea I found a sentence as follows: If you have any questions, feedback or are not satisfied with this product, please contact us at our details below and we can talk tea. This ...
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If someone calls something by a wrong name, what are they actually referring to? [closed]

I was in an argument where an analogy was raised concerning animals often called by technically incorrect terms. Let's say the case in question was "panda bear". It became clear we were using the ...
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Verbs that can make an entity either a subject or object [closed]

Lets say we have a hand. It crushes something. I now say, when referencing the action the hand just made, "The crushing of the hand" By this, I mean the hand's crushing, the crushing done by the ...
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“guide you to make…” What part of speech is to-infinitive “to make..”?

You can use his or her experiences to guide you to make the best decisions in your life. In this sentence, I wonder what part of speech "to make the best decisions in your life" is. Is it NP? or ...
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“One of the features that emerge” or “One of the features that emerges” [duplicate]

"One of the features that emerge" or "One of the features that emerges" Is 'one feature' the subject, therefore it emerges, or are 'features' the subject and they therefore 'emerge' ? I keep ...
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Dropping “it” in America

Before I embraced descriptive grammar it would really grind my gears when I heard, usually from someone with a US American accent, phrases like "I hate when that happens". "Hate is a transitive verb!" ...
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Spare the following pattern: S + V + O + non-finite clause

Given the following example: 1. I prefer her to stop talking. 2. I want you not to talk about it now. 3. I appreciated her giving me a lot of money. 4. She made you feel her love. a. Is it okay ...
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How to use apostrophe with plural object of preposition [duplicate]

Which apostrophe is correct? (There are multiple dogs.) One of the dogs' tails One of the dog's tails I believe it is the former but I'm not 100% certain. I found absolutely no guidance on ...
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“Name and I” or “name and me” when they are neither the object nor subject? [duplicate]

There have been many questions on this exchange about when to use phrases such as "John and I" vs. "John and me". The answer seems to be you that you use "John and I" when they are the subject of the ...
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The clause in “it is adjective that clause ” structure

{it} + {passive verb} + [that] + {clause} It + is said + that + Jesse Owens was one of the most important athletes of the 20th Century. "Jesse Owens was one of the most important athletes of the ...
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What is the meaning of “{plural verb} {plural noun phrase}” vs. “{plural verb} {singular noun phrase}”? [closed]

Do the following two sentences have the same meaning? The robots perform their mission. The robots perform their missions. In grammar-wise, are both correct? If not, what is the ...
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“Wish” in the Passive [closed]

If we make the subordinate clause in "I wish he were here" nonfinite we get "I wish him to be here", right? Can we then change the voice? What I mean is can "He is wished to be here" be grammatical ...
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How do I phrase a subordinate clause to refer to the right word in the main clause?

I often encounter situations in which I want to express a certain relation as in the example below, but I am not sure whether — as in German — ambiguity is inevitable or whether I just do not know the ...
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What's the correct way to parse this sentence structure?

Consider the prototypical sentence: Let us get back to me watching TV. What's the correct breakdown of each piece of this sentence? I was trying to use this as an example of why the correct ...
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Identifying the verb(-phrase) and object in a sentence

What is the verb(-phrase) and the object in the following sentence: "Many of them were able to begin buying their own homes." Case 1: -verb(-phrase): were able -object (infinitive clause): ...
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What object am I referring to in this sentence?

I apologize if my question is too basic, my English is a little rusty and I have always had trouble with this concept: Consider the following sentence: Once I finished the project, I found that ...
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Adverbs versus adverbial objectives

Consider the following examples: They went to the beach just yesterday. They went to the beach all day. Dictionaries categorize the word "yesterday" as both a noun and an adverb, yet the word ...
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“Thank you to whomever cleaned”, or “thank you to whoever cleaned”? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? My instinct says to use "whomever" because it is the object of the preposition"to", but the person to whom the speaker is referring is also the subject that did the cleaning. Or ...
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Meaning of “Peron” as used in Le Morte d'Arthur

I am unable to find a fitting definition for the word "peron" as used in Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory. The book uses many archaic words, but usually I am able to find the definition online ...
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How do I correctly identify the object in a sentence?

How do I correctly identify the object in a sentence? Here are two examples I am confused about. She rose from her chair. On a website, I read that this sentence doesn't contain any object. But I ...
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“You and I” - both subjects? [duplicate]

I was talking about this with a friend yesterday, though the actual example was "thou and I", which sounded weird. I thought it should be "thee and I", due to "I" being a subject pronoun. I eventually ...
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Participial Phrases As Objective Complement

Can a participial phrase be used as an objective complement? If so, is there a way to tell when the participial phrase is or is not used as an objective complement? How would this sentence be ...