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

    In his two examples, there are indirect and direct objects. I am not sure what qualifies as a scholar in your view.

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    #32

    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.
    When someone says "We write to tell you something", what do you think 'you' is?
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    #33

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

    It is the indirect object of the infinitive "to tell".

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    #34

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

    Thanks everyone. I learned a bit more about direct object and indirect object, which is the topic I don’t know much.

    I wonder if the ‘that’ is not a ‘that-clause’. Maybe it is just a phrase. Is the sentence is a complete sentence? (If you don’t mind I asked one more question in this thread!)

    We, XXTrustee Company Limited, the trustee of the Scheme (The "Trustee or"we"), write to inform you that certain changes to the Scheme inresponse to the regulatory changes relating to: (a) payment of benefits on....,and (b) payment of benefits by..., from mandatory provident fund schemes, asintroduced by the....Ordinance 2015 (the "Amendment Ordinance").
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    #35

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

    I think 'to inform someone that' must be followed by a clause rather than a phrase, so the above text is not a complete sentence.
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    #36

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

    Is this a real sentence somebody is going to use? Because if it is the part where they tell him what they need to tell him seems to be missing.

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    #37

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

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    It is the indirect object of the infinitive "to tell".
    And when someone says "We write to tell something to you", did they change the meaning/picture?
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    #38

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

    The difference is not about meaning; it is about structure.

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    #39

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

    One structure has the indirect object before the direct object and the other structure has the indrect object in a prepositional phrase and we were talking about what clause is the "that-clause" and I said I think you can say "We write to inform 'that certain changes have been made to the scheme' to you or for you" to see if it is a noun clause or not. Did you understand what I said? or Did I say something wrong?
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    #40

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

    What you said that was wrong is that an indirect object can be in a prepositional phrase. If you think that it can, we will have to agree to disagree. This is not the first time I have heard that theory.

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