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    Question a question about the usage of dictionary

    consider the following example:
    i watch a cartoon with my friend.
    (the structure of this clause:S+v+o+prep phrase)

    However,when i refer to the Oxford Advanced Learner's dictionary,
    it doesn't mention that "watch" can follow the proposition "with".While sometime it will provide some preposition in some entry ; for example,accuse + of

    what are the conditions that the prepositions will be remarked?


    Thanks for any feedback~

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    Re: a question about the usage of dictionary

    The transitive verb "watch" requires a direct object, and that's all. In this case, it's the cartoon.

    Anything else that happens in the sentence is optional. I watched a cartoon on Wednesday, I watched it with my friends, I watched it while eating dinner.

    I watched a cartoon while eating dinner with my friends on Wednesday.

    As long as you have I watched a cartoon, the sentence is complete.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: a question about the usage of dictionary

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The transitive verb "watch" requires a direct object, and that's all. In this case, it's the cartoon.

    Anything else that happens in the sentence is optional. I watched a cartoon on Wednesday, I watched it with my friends, I watched it while eating dinner.

    I watched a cartoon while eating dinner with my friends on Wednesday.

    As long as you have I watched a cartoon, the sentence is complete.
    i understand what you mean,but what is the function of "in with my friend"in the sentence
    "i watch a cartoon with my friend"?

    i want to go further in following sentence.
    1)i am happy to announce the engagement of our daughter.

    to announce the engagement of our daughter functions as a object complement,it is
    not optional,it is a essential part in the sentence.

    2)we have no need to be afraid of them.
    the sentence has been completed in the part of"we have no need",so "to be afraid of them" is optional
    and it functions as a adjective.
    is it correct?
    Last edited by nono1994; 08-Dec-2009 at 11:59. Reason: add example

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