Objects and Complements

Task 1. Distribute the following sentences according to the structural types of the objects used in them.
  • Where are the papers you have brought me?
  • I find it strange that we hear nothing from the boys.
  • The old man watched the children playing in the garden.
  • The host smiled a welcoming smile.
  • We felt relieved to hear of the fishermen having arrived home safely.
  • James was so proud of his little son!
  • When I called on him, I found him busy arranging books in a new bookcase.
  • Don't keep the books too long!
  • It didn't occur to him to wonder what Ben had done after he had been left alone.
  • Clyde waited for his mother to pass and turned into a side street.
  • The gardener gave the fence a new coat of paint.
  • I'm glad to hear you say that.
  • Here is the article; give it to your editor.
  • She rejected the proposal for a second time.
  • She is afraid that he might not be feeling really well.
Simple Phrasal Complex Clausal

Task 2. Identify the underlined component of the sentence as an object or as a complement.
1. The boy lacks patience.
2. I realize that it won't be easy.
3. They appointed Jane manager.
4. The tickets are cheap. They only cost 50 dollars.
5. Dan became a successful businessman.
6. I like my job more than anything else.
7. Can you bring me some milk?
8. A mouse measures about 4 cms from head to tail.
9. I appreciate your saying that.
10. We elected him captain of our team.
11. Laura taught music to children at the school.
12. I have every confidence in your ability to manage.
13. He resembles his father a lot – just the spitting image!
14. He was amazed by what we saw there.
15. I've just left a very dull job.

Task 3. Define the type of complement as a subject complement, a predicate complement or an object complement.
1. The boy's clothes were shabby.
2. Michael was the only one who became a doctor in their family.
3. They had a long swim in the lovely lake.
4. When he returned he found Mary asleep.
5. I used to live in this house when I was a little girl.
6. They elected her Miss Brasil last year, which was rather unpredictable.
7. He doesn't enjoy dancing as much as I do.
8. His son returned home a grown-up man.
9. I can smell something burning!
10. Would you all please keep silent for a while!
11. He took a step forward.
12. Several boys were seen riding on horseback across the field.
13. Your advice has been of great help to me.
14. It cost John a great effort.
15. Can you imagine yourself the owner of a luxurious mansion?
16. The weather turned nasty within a couple of hours.
17. Such behavior doesn't become a young lady.
18. He stole out of the café.
19. George stood motionless at least for a minute.
20. He gets 5 dollars a week from his parents.

Task 4. Tick sentences with a cognate object.
1. She lived a life of her own.

2. King Alfred fought many battles with the invaders.

3. Let's play another game of chess.

4. The hostess smiled a broad smile to the entering guests.

5. What fine tales the granny is telling to her grandchildren!

6. You must sleep a sound sleep, and then you'll make the right decision.

7. If you really want to, you can ask your questions after the presentation.

8. The commander fired three shots.

9. Will Jenny sing her favourite song?

10. You can laugh your laugh, only don't do it too loudly.

11. I dreamed such a strange dream last night!

12. The soldier died a heroic death.

13. It was so believable – it was like living through it, not just seeing a vision.

14. She sighed a long and sad sigh.

15. The writer was fond of going lonely walks in the park.

Task 5. Insert the preposition to in the spaces or – if it is not required.
1. I have told this you so that you may take precautions.
2. John gave the book me so that I might learn the rhyme.
3. Not finding him at the office she left him a note.
4. They showed us a list of the goods to be sold at the auction.
5. We have sent invitations the parties participating in the agreement.
6. No problems would have arisen if he had explained everything me.
7. He mentioned me the title of the novel, but I have forgotten it.
8. He can translate you this article without a dictionary.
9. I remember introducing you her.
10. If he had promised his help you, you may be sure he'll keep his word.
11. Why can't you prove your brother that you simply had to do so?
12. It took him a long time to learn the poem by heart.
13. He can't have offered you such a strange proposition.
14. The commander gave instructions the scouts.
15. What did you suggest them?

Task 6. Identify the type of the predicative construction in the function of an object as the For-to-Infinitive construction, the Gerundial predicative construction or the Objective predicative construction.
1. When do you expect the translation to be finished?
2. I anticipated his returning so early.
3. I felt someone touch me lightly on the shoulder.
4. Everyone was impatient for the meeting to start.
5. He suggested our trying again.
6. I saw Nick take your book.
7. She is very good at listening to the children's reading stories.
8. They never thought her to be clever.
9. I watched for the dog to appear through the bushes.
10. She liked his worrying about his parents.
11. I can't bear people to be unhappy or upset.
12. We'll have them trembling with fear.
13. He insisted on my claims being acknowledged.
14. Some trouble with the authorities made it necessary for him to be abroad.
15. He didn't mean this to be a long meeting.
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