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To pick the object in the sentences, do you differentiate between the object after the predicate verb and the object after a preposition?e.g. He insisted on being kept waiting. Can I say "being kept waiting" is used as an object? Or should I define exactly that that part is object of a preposition? i.e. if we are asked to identify the object, does it refer to object of the whole sentence only, as corresponding to the subject? Or should I also point out the object of a preposition?
And in the above sentence, the object of preposition is being kept or being kept waiting?
What makes you think that "begins" is only intransitive? I would say that "to write" is an infinitive acting as the direct object of the transitive verb "begins". For your second question, yes, that would be wrong. That particular construction can be written two different ways: 1. "I don't mind you smoking" (subject - verb [with a built-in adverb] - direct object [you] - participle [smoking] modifying "you"). 2. "I don't mind your smoking" (subject - verb [with a built-in adverb] - possessive adjective - direct object [gerund].
Transitive verbs always take a direct object (noun or pronoun). If you meant "directly" to mean the very next word, then that was incorrect. An infinitive can be a noun in certain uses. It can also be an adjective or adverb in other uses.
In your worry example, you are correct. The prepositional phrase is not the direct object of "worries". It is not a noun.
What do you mean by 'verb [with a built-in adverb]'?Originally Posted by MikeNewYork;10529841. "I don't mind you smoking" (subject - verb [with a built-in adverb