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    Sentence pattern confusion

    I am trying to determine if the following sentence is a S-V-DO-OC or not.

    The officers elected the smartest teacher as president for the union.

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    Re: Sentence pattern confusion

    Welcome to the forum.

    What do you think and why?
    If we know what your problem is, we would be better placed to provide an appropriate answer.

    It looks like homework and we don't do your homework.

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    Re: Sentence pattern confusion

    There is an objective complement in that sentence, as in "The sun made the apples red."

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    Re: Sentence pattern confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    There is an objective complement in that sentence, as in "The sun made the apples red."
    That's fine for The officers elected the smartest teacher president for of the union.

    Doesn't it make a difference if we put 'as' before 'president'.

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    Re: Sentence pattern confusion

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    That's fine for The officers elected the smartest teacher president for of the union.

    Doesn't it make a difference if we put 'as' before 'president'.
    I don't think so. "To be" can often be inserted before an objective complement. I suppose that "as" can be also. You don't really need it.

    I would call it a function word like "that" in "I think THAT I'm right".

    What is an alternative?

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    Re: Sentence pattern confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    I don't think so. "To be" can often be inserted before an objective complement.
    "They elected him to be president:. What's the function of 'to be'?
    I suppose that "as" can be also. You don't really need it.
    True, but as it's there, we can't ignore it.
    I would call it a function word like "that" in "I think THAT I'm right".

    What is an alternative?
    Well, it seems to me that 'as' functions here as a preposition. If it does (and that's only an 'if', then I think that president must be the object of the preposition, and therefore cannot be an object complement.

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    Re: Sentence pattern confusion

    Beware of trying to find out what makes a clock tick. You may end up stopping the hands from moving!

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