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~ Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, thinks he can turn a Cockney flower girl (Eliza Doolittle) into a duchess.
I didn't understand the sentence which is above. The author used verb "turn into". But the sentence has two objects. These are "a Cockney flower girl" and "a duchess". I usually use verb turn into like following sentence.
- The caterpillar turned into a butterfly.
That sentence is simple. The caterpillar is the subject. A butterfly is the object.
Is the sentence clearer if you simplify it? Henry Higgins thinks he can turn Eliza into a duchess. The form is turn x into y, meaning to transform x such that it becomes y.
Another example: The passage of time turned a caterpillar into a butterfly.
I am not a teacher.