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    Grammar lesson

    Hello everyone. I am student of Englissh. Actually I am facing problems about Grammar which can be seen in the following examples:
    example one: I consider her intelligent
    example two: I told him he was wrong
    So, is" her" direct object and "intelligent" is compliment of the object ?
    And "him" is direct object and "he was wrong" is compliment of the object ?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Grammar lesson

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    Hello, Belkissee:

    1. Congratulations! I believe that you have parsed "I consider him intelligent" correctly.

    a. Books call "intelligent" an objective complement. (Please remember: "compliment" refers to praise.)

    2. I am 99.99% confident that books disagree with your analysis of "I told him (that) he was wrong." Most books seem to analyze it like this:

    i. I = subject.
    ii. told = verb.
    iii. him = indirect object.
    iv. (that) he was wrong = noun clause as a direct object. [Compare: "I told him something." As you can see, "something" is clearly the direct object, and "him" is the INdirect object. This comes out clearly if we use a prepositional phrase: "I told something to him."]
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    One way to check whether or not we are correct is to change it to the passive.

    We thus get:

    He
    was told (that) he was wrong.

    a. The INdirect object "him" becomes the subject "He."
    b. The verb "told" becomes "was told."
    c. The direct object "that he was wrong" is "retained" (kept) in its same position in the sentence.


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    Sources: Paul Roberts, Understanding Grammar (1954); House and Harman, Descriptive English Grammar (1931); Walter Kay Smart, English Review Grammar (1940).
    Last edited by TheParser; 02-Jan-2016 at 12:04.

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    Re: Grammar lesson

    Belkisse, say:

    I am having problems with grammar.

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    Re: Grammar lesson

    Hello dear friends
    Sorry for replaying late because I was facing some problems with the net.Well ,all the necessary information that I was looking for I found them here and was really helpful as I am able to differenciate between indirect object and compliment of the object.
    Thank you very much , I am much obliged to you

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