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    Object or Complement

    Dear teachers,

    Is it right to say that the following sentence can be analysed in two ways?
    However, even if the first type of analysis is syntactically possible, it would not be semantically coherent?

    The judge found Mr Cornacchia a thoroughly dishonest witness.

    1) Subject, Verb, Indirect Object, Direct Object

    2) Subject, Verb, Direct Object, Object Complement

    Thank you for your help.

    Have a nice day,
    Hela

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    Re: Object or Complement

    The second is the natural reading of that sentence.

    The first would be less unlikely if you substituted 'His defence lawyer' for 'The judge'. Your sentence would then have the meaning of His defence lawyer found a thoroughly dishonest witness for Mr C.

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    Re: Object or Complement

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Is it right to say that the following sentence can be analysed in two ways?
    However, even if the first type of analysis is syntactically possible, it would not be semantically coherent?

    The judge found Mr Cornacchia a thoroughly dishonest witness.

    1) Subject, Verb, Indirect Object, Direct Object

    2) Subject, Verb, Direct Object, Object Complement

    Thank you for your help.

    Have a nice day,
    Hela
    Only your second alternant is correct. An indirect object has the semantic role of recipient of the direct object. The noun phrase "thoroughly dishonest witness" is objective predicative complement.

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