Difference between object of a transitive verb and the complement of an intransitive verb

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My students are having difficulty telling the difference between the object of a transitive verb and the complement of an intransitive verb.

 

For example,

 

"He became a master of martial arts."

 

Half of the students said that "master of martial arts" would have to be the object and that became would be transitive, since the verb "to become" is being done to "master of martial arts."

 

Others said that became would act like "come" and would not ever be able to be transitive, as it is a state of being verb. And so "master of martial arts" would have to be the complement.

 

Who is correct?

asked Sep 20 '13 at 21:53 sali New member

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