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Dear teachers,

I have two questions concerning the following sentence:

It was common to see slippers dangle in rows high above in the shop.

Am I right to say that "dangle in rows high above in the shop" is an object complement of "slippers"? Can the second verb be in the ing-form: "dangling"?

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Selvakumaris an object complement of "slippers"?

No.

The verbs of perception, see, hear, feel, and others, are catenative verbs. They are followed by another verb which defines what was seen, heard, or felt.

This verb category can be followed by the bare infinitive or the present participle.

I felt the caterpillar crawl up my leg.
Kelly heard herself screaming in fear of her life.
Mark saw Missy walking her dog this morning.

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Thanks AlpheccaStars for your help.


I always get this wrong.

In the sentence, therefore, either "dangle" or "dangling" works, am I right?


Thank you.

Selvakumar

Thanks AlpheccaStars for your help.


I always get this wrong.

In the sentence, therefore, either "dangle" or "dangling" works, am I right?


Thank you.

Yes, they both work just fine.

Thank you, AlpheccaStars.


May I know what function of "dangle in rows high above in the shop" is?

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SelvakumarMay I know what function of "dangle in rows high above in the shop" is?

It is the predicate in the clause: "slippers dangle in rows high above in the shop." Note that this is an independent clause when taken out of the matrix sentence. The subject is "slippers" and the verb is "dangle."

Thank you, AlpheccaStars. You are very helpful.

I understand the sentence now.