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    Re: Object Complement?

    I see no object and object complement in your sentence.
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    #12

    Re: Object Complement?

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonkhlim View Post



    [2] In this sentence, ''happening'' isn't an object complement, right?

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    Hello, Jason:

    I agree with you. It doesn't seem to be an objective complement. It may be a shortened version of:

    "There is so much wonderful stuff [that is] happening."

    Look at what one of my books says:

    "For economy we often reduce relative clauses to more compact structures known as participial phrases."

    It gives many examples, including these:

    (a) "The snow [that is] falling today isn't sticking."

    (b) "I startled the man [who is] sitting by the window."


    Authority: Bruce L. Liles, A Basic Grammar of Modern English (1979).

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    P.S. I think that Mr. Wai made an important point. "Wonderful stuff" is not an object.

    We are told to ignore the "there" in analysis. Thus we should analyze: "is so much wonderful stuff happening." Then when we rearrange the words in regular order, we get: "So much wonderful stuff happening is." That is to say, "So much wonderful stuff [that is] happening is [ = exists]." As you can see, "wonderful stuff" is actually the subject.
    Last edited by TheParser; 28-Nov-2015 at 15:57.

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    #13

    Re: Object Complement?

    I consider 'happening' to be a present participle modifying 'stuff'.
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    #14

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonkhlim View Post
    Sorry guys,
    Another question.

    What about this sentence?
    ''There is so much wonderful stuff happening.''

    In this sentence, ''happening'' isn't an object complement, right?
    What is it?
    a present participle, like "There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne." from the following link:
    http://grammar.about.com/od/e/g/exis...lthereterm.htm

    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Nov-2015 at 09:49. Reason: Adding 'Not a teacher'.

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    #15

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    I think you can also say "So much wonderful stuff is happening". Like Theparser said, I think "stuff" is the subject.
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    #16

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osbri View Post
    I think you should say "He is watching me play video games now" instead of "'He is watching me playing video game now."
    I think otherwise. 'Playing a video game' might be better because the speaker is playing it at the moment of speaking.
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    #17

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    Yeah, you might be right but I think I heard that is how you should say it and he can say "He is watching me while playing video game or while I'm playing video game." too.
    Last edited by Osbri; 29-Nov-2015 at 23:48.
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    #18

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    Quote Originally Posted by twlost View Post
    a present participle, like "There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne." from the following link:
    http://grammar.about.com/od/e/g/exis...lthereterm.htm
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    #19

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    Oh I see.
    which means sometimes participial phrase can replace a relative clause?

    What about the sentence below?
    ''your mother going out with some random guy is the only reason you exist.'' = ''Your mother [who is] going out with some random guy is the only reason you exist.'' ?

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    #20

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    'Your mother, who went out with some random guys, is the only reason you exist.'
    I think the reason here is 'your mother' instead of 'went out with some random guys'.
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