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    when i learn grammar, i have a problem, can adjectives as object? i mean, besides "subject+copula+predicative", is there anyelse can use a adjective as object?thanks.

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    Adjective as an object complement
    Ex: Consider yourself (to be) lucky.
    Ex: I find it hard to concentrate.
    Ex: They painted her house red.


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    haha, thanks so much!

    but i have questions, the second EX: "i find it hard to concentrate", i think the object is "it hard to concentrate", and the third EX: "the painted her house red", what does "the house" work? is it a indirect object? i am a little confused, thanks again. hehe
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    Quote Originally Posted by ningshasha View Post
    haha, thanks so much!

    but i have questions, the second EX: "i find it hard to concentrate", i think the object is "it hard to concentrate", and the third EX: "the painted her house red", what does "the house" work? is it a indirect object? i am a little confused, thanks again. hehe
    Soup has given you the object complement. The object is different.
    I would say that the underlined words are the object of the verb.
    Ex: (You) Consider yourself (to be) lucky.
    Ex: I find it hard to concentrate.
    Ex: They painted her house red.
    The adjectives "lucky", "hard" and "red" are not the object.


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    i see, thanks for your timely help.

    But i want to know, can adjectives as objects? could you give me some examples? thanks.hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by ningshasha View Post
    i see, thanks for your timely help.

    But i want to know, can adjectives as objects? could you give me some examples? thanks.hehe
    I can't think of any cases. You could hear:
    "What colour do you want?"
    "I'll have blue"

    Blue is an adjective, but here it has the force of a noun, because it means "the blue one/s".

    Do you have an example that you want checked?


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    i have one example like yours: "i will try my possible." i think "my possible" is the object, and we consider it as an objective-noun phrase, am i right? thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ningshasha View Post
    i have one example like yours: "i will try my possible." i think "my possible" is the object, and we consider it as an objective-noun phrase, am i right? thanks.
    Your sentence isn't correct. Let's use "I'll try my best" which is both correct and analogous to your sentence.
    This means "I'll try (to do) my best." And "my best" refers to "my best attempt/s". So again, the adjective is really shorthand for a noun, and we haven't come any further.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ningshasha View Post
    i see, thanks for your timely help.

    But i want to know, can adjectives as objects? could you give me some examples? thanks.hehe
    Substantively, yes, that is, when they substitute for a noun:
    Substantive adjectives act almost as nouns. One way this can happen is if a noun is elided [i.e., omitted] and an attributive adjective is left behind. In the sentence, "I read two books to them; he preferred the sad book, but she preferred the happy," happy is a substantive adjective, short for "happy one" or "happy book". Another way this can happen is in phrases like "out with the old, in with the new", where "the old" means, "that which is old" or "all that is old", and similarly with "the new". In such cases, the adjective functions either as a mass noun (as in the preceding example) or as a plural count noun, as in "The meek shall inherit the Earth", where "the meek" means "those who are meek" or "all who are meek".

    Adjective - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    thanks for your help, i see. thanks!

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