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    Can you please guide me on this

    He kept me awake

    In this sentences, can we write like this - He kept me to be awake.

    I am saying this because to be appears with adjectives.

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    Re: Can you please guide me on this

    Hello Rajan

    No, unfortunately – the idiom is "to keep someone ADJ.", e.g.

    1. She kept me awake.

    But you can use an ING-form, e.g.

    2. She kept me talking all night.

    (The underlined part in each example is the "object complement".)

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    Re: Can you please guide me on this

    Can you please tell me - what do you want to say by writing - "the idiom is "to keep someone ADective".

    I think you want to say - whenever to keep someone will come either ing form(participle) will follow or adjecive will follow.


    Thanks


    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic
    Hello Rajan
    No, unfortunately – the idiom is "to keep someone ADJ.", e.g.
    1. She kept me awake.
    But you can use an ING-form, e.g.
    2. She kept me talking all night.
    (The underlined part in each example is the "object complement".)
    MrP

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    Re: Can you please guide me on this

    Sorry, Rajan, my post wasn't very clear. I meant that when you want to say "to make someone continue in a certain state", you use "to keep someone" + an adjective, e.g.

    1. Are you keeping her happy?
    2. Am I keeping you awake?

    But when you want to say "to make someone continue in a certain action", you use "to keep someone" + a participle phrase, e.g.

    3. He kept me waiting.
    4. She kept me talking all night.

    Does that help?

    MrP

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    Re: Can you please guide me on this

    Thanks Mr. Pedantic. I got your point.


    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic
    Sorry, Rajan, my post wasn't very clear. I meant that when you want to say "to make someone continue in a certain state", you use "to keep someone" + an adjective, e.g.
    1. Are you keeping her happy?
    2. Am I keeping you awake?
    But when you want to say "to make someone continue in a certain action", you use "to keep someone" + a participle phrase, e.g.
    3. He kept me waiting.
    4. She kept me talking all night.
    Does that help?
    MrP

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