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    #1

    Usage of articles before complements to factitive verbs

    We know that no article is used before complements to factitive verbs e.g. - (a) They made him president , (b) Sourav Ganguly was elected captain.

    In the following sentences which one is correct? Kindly give me suggestions.

    1) He called me a fool.

    2) He called me fool.

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    Re: Usage of articles before complements to factitive verbs

    1 is the only common way to say this that I know.
    But "call" isn't a factitive verb here.

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    Re: Usage of articles before complements to factitive verbs

    I've somehow managed to get through my entire life so far without ever having heard of factitive verbs (it's given my spellcheck a headache, too).

    Click here to read all about them.

    Spoiler alert: It's still as clear as mud.

    Last edited by GoesStation; 01-Jun-2020 at 12:54. Reason: Fix a typo.

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    #4

    Re: Usage of articles before complements to factitive verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I've somehow managed to get through my entire life so far without ever having heard of factitive verbs
    Some people live such sheltered lives.
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