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sentence analysis 4

Postby Hela » Mon Oct 18, 2004 3:18 pm

Dear Alan,

Here is another couple of sentences:

1) The animals were feasting on lots of good food.
a) The animals = subject
b) were feasting on = transitive verb
c) lots of good food = direct object (form = noun phrase ?)

2) I ordered myself something to eat.
a) I = subject
b) ordered = transitive verb
c) myself = indirect object ?
d) something to eat = direct object?
(or is it more complicated than that because of “myself” ?)
(is “to order oneself” a pronominal verb ?)

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Re: sentence analysis 4

Postby Alan » Tue Oct 19, 2004 12:43 pm

[quote="Hela"]Dear Alan,

Here is another couple of sentences:

1) The animals were feasting on lots of good food.
a) The animals = subject
b) were feasting on = transitive verb
c) lots of good food = direct object (form = noun phrase ?)

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Yes, but note that (b) is transitive only as a phrasal verb. 'Feast' itself is intransitive.
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2) I ordered myself something to eat.
a) I = subject
b) ordered = transitive verb
c) myself = indirect object ?
d) something to eat = direct object?

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Yes.
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