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    see sb the victim of

    It was sad to see her the victim of continual pain.

    The above sentence is taken from Collins. It sounds odd to me. Can we use 'see' in a way like 'see sb + n.'?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thanks a lot.

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    Re: see sb the victim of

    Hello Joham,

    1. It was sad to see her the victim of continual pain.

    The underlined part here is the object complement of "her" (i.e. it presents an attribute of "her").

    This isn't a very frequent structure; other examples are:

    2. We appointed him chairman.
    3. She made me a very happy man.

    Cf. verbs that take a subject complement, which presents an attribute of the subject:

    4. She looks an interesting person.
    5. It tastes rather strange.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    Re: see sb the victim of

    "to see" means to witness or to notice

    It was sad to see her (to witness her as, or to notice that she was) the victim of continual pain.

    We were glad to see Jim at the party.

    I am sorry to see her so unhappy.

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