objective complement

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What is an example of a pronoun that function as objective complement in a sentence?

asked Jun 01 at 19:35 david New member

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All of the definitions I read said that a pronoun can be an object compliment, but I never found an example and can't think of one. The closest I can come to is a possessive pronoun, but it doesn't follow the direct object.

 

He cleaned his shoes.

 

'Shoes' is the direct object and is modified by 'his'.

link comment answered Jun 02 at 19:44 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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An object complement follows an object and clarifies what the transitive verb converted that direct object into.

 

Let's say I want to get across that I made the coffee strong this morning.

 

If I just said "I made the coffee.", I have simply shown that I made the coffee, not the intended change of state.

 

"I made the coffee (strong)."  'Strong' follows the direct object "coffee" and shows the change of state.

 

Although I agree with Mr. Neidhardt that using a pronoun object complement is awkward, it is not inconceivable.

 

For example, how could we express that a machine which does sex-change operations has made a man into a woman?

 

"The machine made him a her."

 

In this case, 'the machine' is the subject, 'made' is the verb, 'him' is the direct object being acted upon, but 'her' is a pronoun object complement clarifying the change of state.

 

Oh, and if that example is too far-fetched or religiously unpleasant to you,

Every once in a while a baby is born with both sets of sexual organs, so the parents are made to choose an organ for their child,  "We made our baby a him."  "We made our baby a her."  Sorry, I am stubborn--I guess I could create a different example!

 

In this case, they didn't just "make the baby", they made the baby a "her" or "him".

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God (teehee), I just know some religious person here is going to flip--let me give another example:

 

Sanjay is a rock star.  I am his agent.  Sanjay is trying to leave me.

 

I respond, "SANJAY, YOU CAN'T LEAVE ME!!!!  I MADE YOU A SOMEBODY."

 

'I' = subject

'made' = verb

'you' = direct object being acted upon

'a somebody' = object complement clarifying the change of state (note that 'somebody' is a pronoun as requested).

link comment edited Jun 05 at 14:42 Aaron Prejean Expert
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He was made the prefect of the school.

I prefer my coffee strong.

Diane calls me her buddy.

My brother named the pig Hugo.

link comment edited Jun 02 at 05:01 Sanjay Contributor

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