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    the useage of 'throw'

    Is this sentence, 'he throw a ball 50-meters' right?

    If right, what role does '50-meters' play?

    Another objective, objective complement or something else?


    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: the useage of 'throw'

    Quote Originally Posted by bustler View Post
    Is this sentence, 'he throw a ball 50-meters' right?
    If right, what role does '50-meters' play?
    Another objective, objective complement or something else?
    Thank you in advance.
    NOT A TEACHER, and not a native speaker either
    I think it should be: "He threw/throws a ball 50 meters." By the way, the title should be 'usage', not 'useage'.
    I found some similar sentences here http://books.google.com.vn/books?id=...20yard&f=false

    The highlights being played showed Sonny scrambling around, like a magician, and throwing the ball sixty yards down field to his receivers for touchdowns.
    Quinton hurls the ball almost seventy five feet in the air with a tight spiral, and the ball drops about ten yards ahead of Tyrone.


    Hence, I think it's correct to say: "He threw/throws a ball 50 meters."
    I just wonder if it's OK to say: "He threw/throws a ball for 50 meters."
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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    Re: the useage of 'throw'

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    Hello, Bustler:

    I think that your sentence is using a so-called adverbial objective.

    That is, a noun ("meters") is being used as an adverb to modify a verb.

    "He threw a ball 50 meters."

    Grammatically, "50 meters" is a noun phrase that modifies the verb "threw."

    It means something like "He threw a ball to the extent of 50 meters." (The prepositional phrase "to the extent of 50 meters" modifies the verb "threw.")


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    Re: the useage of 'throw'

    What about "He threw a ball for 50 meters?"
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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    Re: the useage of 'throw'

    That's ambiguous. It could mean that he travelled (on his feet) for 50 metres, throwing a ball the whole time. Whilst that is unlikely, it's possible. For me "He threw a ball 50 metres" only means "He threw a ball and it landed/came to a stop 50 metres away from where the position he was standing in when he threw it".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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