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

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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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Dropping a first person subject pronoun in a conditional sentence

Is it possible to drop the 'I' before the verb in a sentence where the object comes before the verb? A few examples are: If my journey (I) restart, then I do waste my time. If my folders (I) delete, ...
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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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Is “the computers” in “here are the computers that you requested” a subject or object?

I'm a little confused which is the subject and the object in this sentence: Here are the computers that you requested. My guess is that "the computers" is the object and "you" is the subject. Is ...
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Complement of the object?

I'm reading Verbs of Incomplete Prediction in my grammar. It says that certain Transitive verbs take, beside an object, a complement to complete their predication. I have understood almost everything ...
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Can I use 180 as an object?

can I say '' Her team's 180 is proof of her talent as a manager'' rather than ''The 180 her team made is proof of her talent as a manager'' to indicate a change in behaviour? (180 degree turn)
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Why objects of prepositions are called “objects”?

Textbooks of English grammar say that there are three types of objects: direct objects, indirect objects and objects of prepositions. But I cannot understand why the former two types (a major ...
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Which sentence is correct and why: agreement?

Please tell me which is correct and why: My favorite thing to smell is flowers. Or My favorite things to smell are flowers.
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“These children were abducted by a member of their own family.” vs. “These children were abducted by members of their own families.”

I'm having trouble figuring out which sentence is the most acceptable. The subject and object are both plural, but it sounds more natural using a singular object. Also, I can't figure out if the ...
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The object of a transitive verb

I was simply wondering if the object of a transitive verb can come before the verb? As in "Good luck," the man said to John. Is "good luck" the object of "say" here? Thank you in advance!
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Is the Latter Clause of an Action Simile Attributed to the Subject or Object Acted Upon?

In other (hopefully more graceful) words, are both of the following lines valid? "A smiling Freddy flung the slimy papaya around like a wet rag." "A smiling Freddy flung the slimy papaya around like ...
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Grammar analysis: why is “Fufu” in the following sentence object complement rather than direct object

I called my pug Fufu: subject...object...object complement(Introducing English Grammar, p.93) Yet if I say: I give my pug some water. then pug would be indirect object and some water would be ...
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object pronounce “you” or “yourself” preceding primary object [closed]

We would like John and _____ (you/yourself) to come to the party Regarding the above sentence, I've done quite a fair bit of Googling and still haven't found a substantial and satisfactory ...
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Who/whom puzzle

The Blue Book of Grammar has a question: "John knows WHO/WHOM the winner is." The correct answer is: "John knows WHO the winner is." But ... The main clause is "John Knows." But WHOM is actually the ...
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I heard <Mona singing that song> <the song sung by Mona>. [parse]

(1) I heard Mona singing that song. (2) I heard the song sung by Mona. "Mona singing that song" and "the song sung by Mona" are objects, each of which can be parsed two ways: &...
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Should I use “her” or “she”?

In the blank below: Everyone likes you but _____. Should I use "her" or "she"? I think both of them are okay. If "her" is used, I'll perceive the sentence as "Everyone likes you, but everyone does ...
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The using of the gerund in sentence

In this sentence: They did a great job orchestrating volunteers. Is the gerund orchestrating the object of the sentence? orchestrating acts as a noun in the sentence, but I don't understand why it ...
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Word that is the string of characters/phonemes that compose a 'word'?

The string "cool" represents several 'words'/linguistic meanings: [<adj.: cold, nippy>, <adj.: calm, collected>, <adj.: aloof, disapproving>, <adj.: excellent>, <verb: chill&...
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Attempt to find a synonym of word “old”

Few weeks ago, while reading some texts a new vocabulary encountred. when translated it via English to English online dictionary, one of the synonym was the word "old"? To have or to put the ...
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Is 'to resign' an object or subject complement in 'The teacher wishes to resign'?

The teacher (S) wishes (V) to resign It is no doubt that 'to resign' is a complement of something, but is it a complement of the noun The teacher or the verb wishes? Subject complement [analysis 1]:...
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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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Do I use whom or who in this sentence? [duplicate]

Family engagement is crucial to developing children’s emergent literacy skills because children who are raised in homes that promote literacy do better in school and they grow up to be better readers.
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Can I juxtapose two clauses that share one object?

To make the sentence short, I am putting two clauses side by side that share one object. The sentence I wanted to say is: Meltwater of the glaciers, especially outbursts of glacier-dammed ...
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Grammatical analysis of a sentence

Good afternoon! Please could you help me to define what parts of a sentence are included in this phrase: "The most interesting thing for me is to create pictures". What is a subject and what is a ...
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Is it correct to use “you and me” in this Beijing Olympics song?

I know we use "you and me" in an object case. But I think in this song, "you and me " is a subject. Lyrics are as follow: You and me From one world We are family Travel dream A thousand ...
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Object pronouns [duplicate]

I've managed to get myself confused about using object pronouns in some cases. I'm unsure whether it's correct usage, or incorrect, but very common, usage Q: Who is hungry? A: Me or should it be: A: ...
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Grammatical analysis of these two sentences

Isn’t Istanbul a good city? and Istanbul is a good city, isn’t it? In (1) what is the term for how “Isn’t Istanbul” is being used here? At first it looks like its function is to act as ...
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'I don't know WHOM he is' or 'I don't know WHO he is'? [closed]

I don't know who(m) he is. I'm trying to figure out if I should use 'who' or 'whom' in the sentence above. I'm attempting to reach a conclusion by identifying the deep structure, but I'm not sure ...
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'The Kukhtarev's model' or 'Kukhtarev's model' ('John's car' or 'The John's car')?

I think I know the answer to this but I just want to be sure. I have a supervisor who doesn't have a good level of English; sometimes he worries me with his corrections. I was writing: Here, we ...
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“it” as object?

In a worksheet we had the statement "I love it here. Let's return next year." A student asked what "it" refers to and I'm not exactly sure myself. Is the "it" here a kind of dummy it?
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a relative pronoun/adverb as an adverbial

He collects some cars that are antique. I know the relative pronoun “that” is the subject of “are” here. This is the letter (that) my mother sent me. I know the relative pronoun “that” is the ...
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Help regarding the subject in a sentence

Could anyone please tell me what would be the subject in the following sentence which I have taken from the National Geographic website: Providing pools of water for frogs when other water is ...
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Object or complement with “have”

Take the following sentence: "He has blue eyes" Does "blue eyes" act as an object or a complemet? Would the answer be different in a sentence such as:
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That's What She Said Quote

Okay, I'm sure most of you have seen this T-Shirt before. But I got to thinking about it the other day. It is obviously a reference to the time-honored tradition of That's what she said in response ...
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How to use “neither” in second-person plural?

I am trying to say "Neither of you was my student", but placing myself as the subject, i.e. "I was neither of _____ teacher. I can't figure out what goes in the blank. "I was neither of your teacher" ...
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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 [duplicate]

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 that ...
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How is transitivity 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 ...