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    #21

    Re: That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?

    'We write to inform you that certain changes have been made to the scheme'.
    'We write to tell you that certain changes have been made to the scheme'.
    'We write to tell you something'.

    Perhaps that goes to show that the clause functions as a noun.
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    #22

    Re: That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?

    I think you can say 'We write to tell something to you' too. Have you seen double object verb before? I think that is why I said what I said on my posts.
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    #23

    Re: That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?

    Where is the double object? I see an object and a prepositional phrase.

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    #24

    Re: That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?

    http://www.grammarbank.com/double-object-verbs.html this is where I saw double object verb and when you say 'We write to tell you something', I think you have 2 objects, something and you.
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    #25

    Re: That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?

    I disagree with calling the object of the preposition "to" an indirect object. But I realize that there are those who believe that.

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    #26

    Re: That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?

    Why do you disagree?
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    #27

    Re: That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?

    Because I think it is wrong.

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    #28

    Re: That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I disagree with calling the object of the preposition "to" an indirect object. But I realize that there are those who believe that.
    This is one of them: http://grammar-monster.com/glossary/indirect_object.htm
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    #29

    Re: That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?

    Doesn't bother me. Many people say many things.

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    #30

    Re: That-clause is an adverb clause or a complement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Osbri View Post
    When you say 'We write to tell you something', I think you have 2 objects, something and you.

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

    I just thought that you would like the comments of one scholar.

    1. He says that "all" grammarians call "me" an indirect object in "He gave me five dollars."

    2. He adds, however, that there is some doubt [my emphasis] about sentences such as:

    He asked me the way.
    He taught me Greek.

    The scholar tells us that many "would say that [those sentences] have two direct [my emphasis] objects."

    Of course, I cannot explain fully his thoughts in a short forum post, so I'll leave you with this statement of his:

    "One's analysis depends upon the definition of indirect object that one accepts."




    Complete credit: Paul Roberts, Understanding Grammar (1954), pages 264 - 268.

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