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    Object Complement?

    Hi guys.
    I came across 2 sentences in http://www.linguisticsgirl.com.

    1. ''My supervisor considers his least favorite duty dealing with customers.''

    2. ''The teacher declared the extra credit homework to write a report.''

    Both of these sentences, ''dealing with customers'' and ''to write a report'' are object complement.
    My question is:
    Are they adjectival phrases?




    Here is my own example:
    ''He is watching me playing video game now''

    what kind of phrase is ''playing video game''?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Object Complement?

    I consider 'playing a video game' to be a present-participial phrase modifying the pronoun 'me'.
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    Re: Object Complement?

    I think you should say "He is watching me play video games now" instead of "'He is watching me playing video game now."
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    Re: Object Complement?

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonkhlim View Post
    Are they adjectival phrases?
    I think 'dealing with customers' is a gerund phrase in #1.
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    Re: Object Complement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think 'dealing with customers' is a gerund phrase in #1.
    Hello Matthew.
    Can I write "he is watching me to play video games now."?

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    Re: Object Complement?

    No.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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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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    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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    Re: Object Complement?

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonkhlim View Post

    1. ''My supervisor considers his least favorite duty dealing with customers.''



    Is ''dealing with customers'' ... an adjectival phrase?




    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    I have been waiting 24 hours for someone to answer the OP's question, for I, too, want to know the answer.

    I have been checking my books and googling like mad. I have found some information that I think answers that question, but I do not have the confidence to give a "Yes" or "No" to that question.

    "He considers his favorite duty talking to famous people."

    1. I believe that "everyone" parses a gerund phrase as a noun phrase.

    2. One source gives this sentence: "Do you consider memorization of vocabulary learning?"

    a. The source says that the gerund functions as an NP [noun phrase].

    3. In my research, I was reminded that the objective complement often implies a copular relationship.

    a. That is to say, the sentence actually means "He considers his favorite duty to be talking with famous people."

    i. And further refined: "His favorite duty is talking with famous people."

    (a) Most books would, I believe, label "talking with famous people" as a so-called predicate nominative in 3ai.



    The source for 2a is Ms. Nancy Sullivan in her 2014 book Essential Grammar (thanks to Google).
    Last edited by TheParser; 29-Nov-2015 at 18:34.

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    Re: Object Complement?

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonkhlim View Post
    which means sometimes participial phrase can replace a relative clause?
    I think that is the case with the following:
    'Ask the guy who is sitting there.'
    'Ask the guy sitting there.'

    Quote Originally Posted by Osbri View Post
    He is watching me while playing video game
    I take it to mean 'He is watching me and playing a video game at the same time'.
    I am not a teacher.

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