objective complement


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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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".


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' = 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

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 Expert

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