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    help with DO's and SC's

    So I'm having a lot of trouble with determining which parts of the sentence are either direct objects or subject complements. So I'm going to give a couple example sentences, and was wondering if someone could help me out.

    You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.

    Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.

    Please help.

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    Re: help with DO's and SC's

    [1] You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.
    The underlined phrase functions as the object of the verb 'put'.
    You can test this by using passive voice:
    Ex: The same shoe was put on every foot (by someone). <subject of the passive verb 'was put'>

    [2] Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
    The underlined part functions as a subject complement. How to test this? Look at the verb. Any form of the verb BE (am, is, are, was, were) on its own (i.e., it doesn't co-occur with a participle (e.g., is walking, was talking) is a verb that takes a subject complement.

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    Re: help with DO's and SC's

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    Re: help with DO's and SC's

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