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    Unhappy putting object complements before objects

    hello everyone,

    I have learnt sometimes we should put complements before objects.

    But I'm not sure the following sentences are right or not.

    eg:

    We tried to make a success what we had been searching for one year!

    The man found taking drugs the lady who has been his new neighbor for a week!

    My teacher sent down to the rubbish bin what we created in our lab!

    Do these sentences correct? Or we should say in normal order?

    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: putting object complements before objects

    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    Hello everyone,

    I have learnt sometimes we should put complements before objects.

    But I'm not sure whether the following sentences are right or not.

    eg:

    We tried to make a success what we had been searching for one year!

    The man found taking drugs the lady who has been his new neighbor for a week!

    My teacher sent down to the rubbish bin what we created in our lab!

    Do Are these sentences correct, Or we should say them in the normal order?

    Thanks a lot!
    Hello MOYEEA LEE, and welcome to the forum.

    The first two sentences are very odd! The third is understandable.
    I recommend you rewrite them in a clear and direct way.

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    Re: putting object complements before objects

    No: frankly they are pretty awful in varying degrees and best avoided.

    Putting the object NP at the end of the sentence instead of in its 'normal' position right after the verb is called 'object postposing'.

    It can sometimes work well in examples like "They took with them a huge amount of equipment that they had assembled the day before", where the object is quite heavy in comparison with the preposition phrase complement "with them". But when the reverse is true, it sometimes produces sentences which are difficult to read and digest. One of the problems is that objects resist being postposed over certain elements like noun phrase predicative complements and clausal complements as your first and second examples demonstrate. And similarly with fairly 'heavy' elements like the adjunct "down to the rubbish bin" in your third example.

    So, each of your examples should indeed be written in 'normal order'.

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