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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I meant I didn't see it as the object of the verb.
    This is getting confusing.

    You mean that the gerund is not an object of the verb. I agree.

    You mean that "sincerity" is the direct object of the verb. I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    4. He showed his father his sincerity by cooperating with all his teachers at school.
    I don't see 'by co-operating...' as an object.
    Exactly what is it then if it is not an object?

    "Cooperating" is a gerund, introducing a gerund phrase: gerund + two prepositional phrase modifiers. The gerund phrase is the object of the preposition "by".

    This sentence would be: Subject-verb-indirect object-direct object (-adverb), IMO.
    Thanks, Mike! Your opinion is invariably a worthy one.

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    You're welcome. I think that we were all saying the same thing. :wink:

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    This is way to hard to understand for me!

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    Too hard???

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    I meant this talk:

    This is getting confusing.

    You mean that the gerund is not an object of the verb. I agree.

    You mean that "sincerity" is the direct object of the verb. I agree.

    I don't think that's very understandible! :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanny
    I meant this talk:

    This is getting confusing.

    You mean that the gerund is not an object of the verb. I agree.

    You mean that "sincerity" is the direct object of the verb. I agree.

    I don't think that's very understandible! :?
    Hopefully, Tdol will explain. :)

    (Say: understandable)

    :)

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    [quote="sanny"]You mean that the gerund is not an object of the verb. I agree.

    You mean that "sincerity" is the direct object of the verb. I agree.[quote]

    That's exactly what I meant.

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    The original sentence:
    • He showed his father his sincerity by cooperating with all his teachers at school.

    The gerund ("cooperating") is not an object of the verb. The word "sincerity" is the direct object of the verb. Right, Tdol?

    :wink:

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    Yes, and the original suggestion was that there were two objects, which is an analysis I don't go along with.

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    Oooh, now I really got it!!
    Thanks :D

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