Questions tagged [objects]

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

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Thanks for checking this video out VS checking out this video [duplicate]

I heard both phrases in some YouTube videos and I am not sure which one's correct. Apart from the answer, could you tell me what I should be googling for in order to understand the grammar related to ...
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Does “Predicate” includes object, complement and modifiers?

I'm currently studying the "Sentence Structure" for the English language. I've found varied information in this regard. Some sources says that the sentence consist of five components: Subject + ...
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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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Specificity - inferring or adding “all” in someone's statement

I see this issue come up very frequently in arguments, for example. Person 1 might say: Trees have leaves or Christians attend church. Person 2 will then step in and retort that "not all trees have ...
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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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Is there a better of way of “suggesting” to indicate a positive action?

I have a sentence using suggest: Adults with a wide range of work experience can suggest young people the most effective strategies to look for a job. The absence of "to" in the words "suggest ...
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Is there a word meaning “of or relating to objects?”

The closest I've found is objectual, but depending on the source, that may not be an actual word. For example, if I were to refer to an author's use of symbolism via objects I would say something ...
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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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Using the verb “pray” without a preposition

I'm a non-native speaker who's writing lyrics for a song. The line I'm having difficulties with is as follows: Oh, how I would pray Emily to stay. Is this alright, or could this be interpreted as ...
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Is the “-ee” suffix changing in meaning?

Anecdotally, it seems that in recent years, the "-ee" ending for the subject of an action has become diluted and often stands for the agent of the action, rather than its object. Examples: escapee ...
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“Reminiscent Hawaii” technical meaning

1 "Reminiscent Hawaii" - caption on photo 2 "The Na Pali Coast is a reminiscent place!" - verbal Would these technically mean the place inspires reminiscing? (of free agents) Or would it ...
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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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Is omitting “the” with some verbs grammatically correct?

I was discussing English with a foreign student that told me that they had to use the after the word play every time. As a native speaker I like playing piano, I like playing guitar sounds natural to ...
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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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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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Is it best to use height or length associated to width for describing a 2D object?

When it comes to 3D I see object dimensions described with attributes: - width - height - length When it comes to 2D I'm a bit confused, sometimes I see width,height sometimes width,length For ...
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On the throne, they worshipped their king

On the throne, they worshipped their king. On horseback, they cheered him. On his deathbed, they prayed for him. In his grave, they wept for him. And then, when they learned about the crimes he had ...
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“SALLY had been the first one to greet PAULINA when SHE appeared in the doorway” Pronouns

I read the following sentence and I thought the pronoun "she" could refer to either the subject or the object of the sentence. Sally had been the first one to greet Paulina when she appeared in the ...
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“There is to be no drinking beer today” What is the status of “no” and “beer” here?

There's no doubting her sincerity. There's no telling what she's done. There's no guessing which way they'll bolt. There's to be no drinking beer today. There's no telling her. The word no is usually ...
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Use of “substitute” [closed]

I know that substitute is often used with a prepositional phrase as in: "I can substitute this book with yours." But can I use it with a direct object alone as in the following? "I will substitute ...
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Adjective phrase/clause to describe the object of the sentence

Am I using the adjective phrase correctly in the following sentence? "I want to be someone like you, smart and beautiful." I know that using the adjective phrase to describe the subject of the ...
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Discontinuous noun phrase and apposition involving object complements

I was wondering whether these uses of discontinuity are valid. Here are two uses I would like to question: The use of discontinuous noun phrase: [1a] He made the system useless that could have ...
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Is “Do you want to try?” incorrect?

I was watching a video about the most frequent mistakes Brazilians make speaking English and the first mistake was saying "Do you want to try?" instead of "Do you want to try it?". I'm a native ...
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Use of the verb 'think' with an indirect object and direct object [closed]

Is it correct to use a construction with the verb 'think', having an indirect and direct object, like the following, which I heard, I believe, on Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends from my childhood. ...
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“Everybody else in our party {has/have} missions of their own.” [duplicate]

Here is my passage: Everybody else in our party [has/have] missions of their own. Now, Everybody else in our party has a mission of their own sounds pretty straightforward. But as soon as I make ...
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Asking subject - object questions. 'Did' or past form of the verb in Past Simple?

The question is about the rule of asking questions in Past Simple tense. Please, look at the questions below and tell me if my thinking and naming of questions stated here are correct? For example ...
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object or adverb

I'd like to ask that in the sentence 'I go to him' , is 'him' direct object (or 'to him' is prepositional phrase functioning as adverb . I know that I go to the cinema , 'to the cinema' is adverb of ...
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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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Should a different word be used when “what” is used as an object?

While speaking with a co-worker today, I asked "Who should I speak with?" I quickly corrected myself saying "With whom should I speak?" I followed with "What should I look at?" To this, I ...
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You can't put a flower in an a**hole and call it a vase

I am not trying to be funny (other than the fact that the joke is, in and of itself, funny). I'm asking someone to parse this for me. Seems to me it should be something like, "You can't put a flower ...
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Do passive sentences have objects?

I was answering a question on ELL and I came across a question of my own, namely whether there are objects in passive sentences. In this case the sentence was, Bobby was ran [sic] over by Billy's ...
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Can a pronoun functioning as Object also be a Subject?

I want him to call me tomorrow. In this sentence we see: I, subject; want, verb; him, object. What is the subject of to call? Him? But him is the object of the verb want. Is this a correct ...
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Gerund phrase…is it really?

Object of Preposition Some people consider my interest in gardening an obsession. (The gerund phrase is “gardening an obsession.”) As I was searching around for the correct use of gerund ...
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How to identify the object in a sentence? [closed]

What is the object in the sentence, "We went down the slope."
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Grammatically, what is “It” in the following sentence?

I'm currently working at a private academy in Korea, and my boss just asked me a real head-scratcher. In the sentence: It doesn't have to be hot and humid for players to lose too much water from ...
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Subject pronoun or object pronoun?

Here is a sentence: Everyone likes you but her/she. What should be the correct pronoun? According to me since we are replacing a subject with a pronoun it should be she, but the answer according ...
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Is “Me” instead of “I” as a nominative pronoun actually acceptable?

TL;DR; Has 'Me and whoever' long become acceptable usage in informal speech? In the comments on this answer on ELL, I corrected the usage of "me" instead of "I". "My boyfriend and I.. " 😁 ...
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Use of don't and doesn't [duplicate]

In the following sentence which is correct, and why? As homeschool moms, we know there (don't/doesn't) seem to be enough hours in the day to tackle all that we want to teach our girls.
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Is “ran after” a phrasal verb?

I'm having some difficulty parsing this sentence: "The old beggar ran after the rich man." Is the verb "ran" (intransitive) with no object, or is it "ran after" (transitive) with the object "man"? ...
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Word with -ee as a suffix

Is it correct English to be able to add the suffix -ee on to any verb to show the object of that verb? Ex: Abandonee is "one to whom something is abandoned" Observee is "one who is observed" ...
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Direct and indirect objects in the sentences

In the sentence, There is a full moon in the sky. ... will the sky be treated as the object in the sentence?
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Is “door” the direct object of “The cat ran out the door”?

My friend and I got into a heated discussion about direct objects. While we both understand what they are and how they work, we got stuck on a random sentence that I blurted out. Now, if I say: "Mary ...
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“I saw him playing football”

In this sentence, is "playing football" a participle phrase describing the object "him", or is "him playing football" all a gerund phrase functioning as the object? The problem with English grammar ...
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Is there an object in this sentence?

You need to practise your proofreading. In this sentence, "you" is the subject and "need" is the verb. But is there an object? At the moment I am guessing that there isn't and that to practise your ...
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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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Indirect vs direct object

Consider the two sentences John taught himself calculus. John taught himself. In the first sentence 'himself' is the indirect object and 'calculus' is the direct object. In the second ...
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“The sky is blue” - Is it a clause?

In the expression The sky is blue, is the adjective "blue" an object? Is this a clause or a sentence at all?
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Clauses in Sentences

I understand that a clause contains (in order) a subject, verb and object, like below: He let his daughter. "He" is the subject, "let" is the verb and "his daughter" is the object. But what about ...
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I demand they do… / I demand them to…

According to practically every grammar I've encountered, "I demanded them to leave" is incorrect English. I've quite literally spoken like this all my life; I don't know if it's a dialectal thing (I'm ...
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“someone or I” and “me or someone”

I have looked at all the related posts but can't find a definite answer for the following question, so try not to dismiss this as answered: "John or I will get back to you later" "Me or John will get ...