objective complement

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

asked Jun 01 '14 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 '14 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 '14 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 '14 at 05:01 Sanjay Contributor

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