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    sarcilla is offline Newbie
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    Smile grammatical function

    hello. I would like to ask. In the sentence below,

    "Prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent. "

    Can you please tell me the grammatical function of the following:
    -- yourselves,
    -- to be
    -- blameless and innocent

    Thank you very much. I need the answers for a paper I am writing.
    Appreciate if this will be responded immediately. Thank you.

    Regards,
    Shii

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    Default Re: grammatical function

    yourselves - is a direct object. the "understood" subject is you. [You] prove yourselves to be blah blah


    "to be" is just part of the adjectival phrase "to be blameless and innocent"

    "blameless and innocent" -see above.

    The entire phrase "to be blameless and innocent" is an objective complement, it describes the direct object "yourselves. "

    One final thought,
    You could just as easily write this sentence without "to be."
    " [You] Prove yourselves blameless and innocent." In which case "blameless and innocent" are the objective complement.

    good luck,
    Korn54

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    Default Re: grammatical function

    Quote Originally Posted by sarcilla View Post
    hello. I would like to ask. In the sentence below,

    "Prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent. "
    You = elided S
    (P)rove = V
    yourselves = Od
    to be blameless and innocent = objective complement (C)
    be = copula; the verb 'be' always serves as a linking verb
    blameless and innocent = compound pred adjective in the non-finite infinitive clause

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