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    ranting about the.....

    I’m wondering if the word “ranting” in the sentence is (can be) an object. If it is, is it a direct or an indirect object? Kindly help me to understand.

    Amy keeps ranting about the unfairness of the coach’s decision.

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    Re: ranting about the.....

    No, it can't. "Ranting" is clearly some sort of verb rather than some sort of noun.

    The kind of analysis that you and I were taught at school has trouble with such sentences. The modern way of approaching such questions in universal grammar (check it out) makes use of noun phrases (NPs) and verb phrases (VPs). These things probably have formal definitions at the academic level, but for me it is sufficient to think that NPs are phrases that do nouny things and VPs are phrases that do verby things.

    I would say that "keeps ranting about" is a VP. It could just as well be "won't stop ranting about", "continues to rant about", "never ceases to rant about" etc. They are all VPs. And the rest of the sentence that follows is an NP, and the object of the VP.

    Of course both the VP and the following NP can be further analyzed in finer detail. I hasten to add that I'm no expert, and am just trying to provide the barest introduction.
    Last edited by probus; 21-Dec-2015 at 08:48.

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    Re: ranting about the.....

    In my opinion, "ranting" is the main verb. "Keeps" functions as an auxiliary verb, such as "is" in "is ranting". "Keeps" provides the information that she has done this before.

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