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    Adjunct always "not essential"?

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    I put the box on the table.

    The adjunct seems to be essential, right? On the other hand, I put the box would grammatically contain everything it needs to qualify for a complete sentence (Subject, transitive verb, object).

    Can we omit the adjunct "on the table" in this sentence?

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    Re: Adjunct always "not essential"?

    "I put the box" is not a complete sentence. "To put" is a transitive verb.

    I put the box there.
    I put the box over here.
    I put the box on the table.
    I put the box in the boot of my car.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Adjunct always "not essential"?

    Quote Originally Posted by virus99 View Post
    Hi forum!

    I put the box on the table.

    The adjunct seems to be essential, right? On the other hand, I put the box would grammatically contain everything it needs to qualify for a complete sentence (Subject, transitive verb, object).

    Can we omit the adjunct "on the table" in this sentence?

    Thanks!
    No you can't omit it. The issue is not that "put" is a transitive verb. "Box" is the direct object of the verb. The issue is the definition and the idiomatic use of the verb "put". When we use the verb "put" we need to specify a place or a condition. Otherwise the sentence has no meaning. A sentence being grammatical does not matter if it lacks meaning.

    Check out the various definitions and usage examples of "put" here: put - definition of put by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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