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    Question Textbook mistake?

    In a textbook I'm using, there's a brief explanation regarding phrasal verbs.

    It states that one type of phrasal verb can be without an object in the sentence, and provides the example: "I'm going to be tied up in meetings all day".

    Wouldn't "meetings" qualify as an object in this sentence?

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    Re: Textbook mistake?

    Quote Originally Posted by niceguyjin View Post
    In a textbook I'm using, there's a brief explanation regarding phrasal verbs. It states that one type of phrasal verb can be without an object in the sentence, and provides the example: "I'm going to be tied up in meetings all day".

    Wouldn't "meetings" qualify as an object in this sentence?
    No.

    'In meetings' tells us where the speaker is going to be tied up.
    'All day' tells us when/how long the speaker is going to be tied up.

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    Re: Textbook mistake?

    If you wanted to give it an object, you could say 'He tied up a pig'; but 'tied up' has a different meaning there - different, but not unrelated. The speaker is - metaphorically - being tied up by the meetings.

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