Clause Pattern: Subject – Verb – Direct Object – Object Predicative

Understanding the construction and use of the subject – verb – direct object - object predicative clause pattern

This pattern consists of a subjectSee the glossary definition , a complex transitive verbSee the glossary definition , a direct objectSee the glossary definition and an object predicativeSee the glossary definition .

    The object predicative gives information about the object and may be a noun phraseSee the glossary definition , an adjective phraseSee the glossary definition , or (rarely) a wh-clauseSee the glossary definition .

  • Theysubject findcomplex transitive verb such explanationsdirect object excitingobject predicative. (Satterley 2020)

  • Grains like rice, wheat and cornsubject makecomplex transitive verb civilisationdirect object possible object predicative. (Bohra and Varshney 2023)

  • It is important to keepcomplex transitive verb the wound direct object clean, damp and covered object predicativeto help it heal quicker. (Parker, Edwards, and Finlayson 2019)

  • This is another adaptation to keepcomplex transitive verb themdirect object warm object predicative. (Younger 2019)

  • In a nutshell, musicsubject putscomplex transitive verb us direct object in a better moodobject predicative, which makescomplex transitive verb us direct object better at studyingobject predicative – but it also distracts us, which makescomplex transitive verb us direct object worse at studyingobject predicative. (Byron 2019)     (info)There are three examples in this sentence.

  • When we’re sleeping, our bodies and brains are still working to keepcomplex transitive verb usdirect object healthy and happy object predicative. (Agostini 2019)

  • Over 75% of participantssubject considercomplex transitive verb itdirect object good or very good object predicative. (Rosell-Aguilar 2018)

  • We need to remember that Nauru wasn’t always like this. Wesubject helped makecomplex transitive verb itdirect object what it is today object predicative. (Kanngieser 2018)


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