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    Question retained object

    Hi everybody,

    Would you please explain “retained object” for me?

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    Default Re: retained object

    It's an object that is used in both the active and passive sentence:
    I sent them an answer.
    They were sent an answer.

    'Answer' is a retained object- it is the object in the passive sentence, so where we have ditransitive verbs, one will become the subject of he passive sentence and the other will be the retained object.

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    Question Re: retained object

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It's an object that is used in both the active and passive sentence:
    I sent them an answer.
    They were sent an answer.

    'Answer' is a retained object- it is the object in the passive sentence, so where we have ditransitive verbs, one will become the subject of he passive sentence and the other will be the retained object.
    thanks dear tdol;
    so would you please tell me what is the difference between direct , indirect and retained object
    thanks again

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    Default Re: retained object

    The active sentence has a direct and an indiect object. The indirect object normally becomes the subject of the passive sentence.

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    Default Re: retained object

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    The active sentence has a direct and an indiect object. The indirect object normally becomes the subject of the passive sentence.
    thanks a million

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