Questions tagged [objects]

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

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Preposition+Object?

Hi saw this online and was wondering about object following a preposition. "Common verbs that are followed by at + object are: glance, look, laugh, smile, stare, rejoice etc. Ex: She smiled at me....
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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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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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Can an adverb be placed between a verb and its direct object?

The direct object usually follows the verb, not the adverb. For example, we say I love you deeply instead of I love deeply you. However, there are instances where the direct object is so long that the ...
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Plural subject, plural object

My question is a bit hard to explain, but I was wondering about whether or not there was a rule for how subject and objects should be pluralized. This is the sentence that sparked my curiosity: ... ...
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How is this structure named in English grammar? (main clause + object + -ing form)

I've been hearing this sentence structure for a while, so i wanted to learn about it but couldn't find specific information on the internet since i didn't know how this structure was named in English ...
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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 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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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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Using “what” as a noun or object

I saw a sign outside a factory office that said: If you don't have what to do, don't do it here. I've also heard this word usage in the phrase: Do you have what to eat. Is this grammatical or ...
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Sentence structure and form

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "The great sea creature came alongside Lotty and nudged him, so he climbed on board its strong back. I don't get what sentence structure the second part ...
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Use of objects and prepositions after “do” as substitute verb

Can we place objects and prepositions after do used as a substitute verb? What are the rules? For example, "we eat vegetables, as we do fruits" sounds ok, if contrived (bad example). "...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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Nature of object in this sentence— Relative pronoun or adjective clause or something else?

In the sentence: I found a car covered in snow. "Car" is obviously the object of the sentence. But what kind of object is it? The term "covered in snow" modifies the object "car". But it can also ...
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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 ...