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    Can you please send me the form of the following sentence.

    I had my suit cleaned.

    e.g. subject + had + object Is this correct?

    Saleem

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    Default Re: Sentence formation

    Quote Originally Posted by saleem_a_khan View Post
    Can you please send me the form of the following sentence.

    I had my suit cleaned.

    e.g. subject + had + object Is this correct?

    Saleem
    Let me try
    subject (personal pronoun) + predicate (lexical verb) + possessive pronoun + object (noun) + modifier (past participle)

    I might be wrong.

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    Default Re: Sentence formation

    Quote Originally Posted by saleem_a_khan View Post
    Can you please send me the form of the following sentence.

    I had my suit cleaned.

    e.g. subject + had + object Is this correct?

    Saleem

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) If I understand my high school-level grammar books

    correctly, this is how I would parse (analyze) your nice sentence:

    I = subject.

    had = verb.

    my suit = object (my = possessive adjective; suit = noun).

    cleaned = past participle that refers to "my suit." I believe that

    most grammar books call "cleaned" in your sentence a so-called

    objective complement.

    If you only said, "I had my suit," no one would understand. They

    would ask: You had your suit what? In other words, you have to

    complete the meaning of the object ( "complement" comes from the

    word "complete").

    Other examples (thanks to Mr. Raymond Murphy's Grammar in Use):

    I want to have my picture taken./ Bill had the roof repaired./ We are

    having the house painted.

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