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    Which words are the direct and indirect objects of this sentence?

    He told me to paint the house red.

    1. Does the I.O. = me?
    2. Does the D.O. = to paint the house?
    3. Is red an object complement?

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    Re: Which words are the direct and indirect objects of this sentence?

    Yes. Exactly.

    I call it "objective complement" however.

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    Re: Which words are the direct and indirect objects of this sentence?

    He told me to paint the house red.
    He told me that.

    me = indirect O.
    to paint the house red = direct O. in inf. clause form

    the sub-clause:

    to paint = V
    the house = DO
    red = C (objective complement)

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    Re: Which words are the direct and indirect objects of this sentence?

    Yes.

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    Re: Which words are the direct and indirect objects of this sentence?

    Thanks!

    What about this one:

    He asked me whether I wanted to rent the flat.

    How can "whether I wanted to rent the flat" be a direct object if it is a subordinate clause? (I thought an object had to be a noun, noun clause, noun phrase, or phrase that can act as a noun such as prepositional phrases do.

    Thanks again :).

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    Re: Which words are the direct and indirect objects of this sentence?

    "whether" is of course short for "whether or not" . I have learned to call it a "function word" like "that" in "He said that I should rent a flat". It has the function of saying, "Here comes a noun clause."

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    Re: Which words are the direct and indirect objects of this sentence?

    "If" can also be a function word.

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