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    Romilin is offline Newbie
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    Cool Valency Pattern

    Hi! I'm trying to find out what is the pattern of this sentence.
    "The researchers consider the topic irrelevant"
    I think it is S+V+OD+ ADJETIVE. But the adjetive makes it confusing.
    I don't know if it is Monotransitive or what.
    Can somebody help me?
    Thanks a lot!!

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    Re: Valency Pattern

    What do you think about ''The researchers consider the irrelevant topic"?
    If the structure is S+V+O+ADj
    So Verb here must be Linking verb

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    Re: Valency Pattern

    Quote Originally Posted by Romilin View Post
    Hi! I'm trying to find out what is the pattern of this sentence.
    "The researchers consider the topic irrelevant"
    I think it is S+V+OD+ ADJETIVE. But the adjetive makes it confusing.
    I don't know if it is Monotransitive or what.
    Can somebody help me?
    Thanks a lot!!
    I would say that the verb "consider" has two complements; a direct object and a second complement which is predicated of the direct object. At a semantic level the object of the verb is the proposition "(that) the topic is irrelevant". But the grammatical structure breaks it up into two constituents.

    These are often known as "raising" constructions, because what is logically the subject of an embedded clause is lifted out of its clause, so to speak, to become the direct object of the main clause.

    So not monotransitive. I think I have also seen the expression "complex transitive" for them, but would have to check that.

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    And here's the pattern (a bit different to the one from the linked text):
    S-P-Od-Co, where S stands for the Subject; P for the Predicator; Od for the Direct Object; Co for the Object Complement.

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