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Factitive Verbs:


Verbs like make, choose, judge, elect, select, name. are called factitive verbs. These transitive verbs can take two objects, or seem to:

1: They judged Philbert's dog Best of Show. (where "dog" is the direct object and "Best of Show" is the second complement).

2: The faculty elected Dogsbreath the new Academic Dean. (where Dogsbreath is the direct object and "Academic Dean" is the second complement).

3: U.S. News and World Report named our college the best in the northeast. (where "our college" is the direct object and "the best" is the second complement).



In the above three examples there is no first complement. Is there? So don't you think second complement should be called first complement?
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Usually, they are just called 'object' and 'object complement'.
Mister MicawberUsually, they are just called 'object' and 'object complement'.

Hi Mr. Micawber,

I think you misunderstood my question. Please have a look again. Thanks.
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Jackson6612In the above three examples there is no first complement. Is there? So don't you think second complement should be called first complement?



1: They judged Philbert's dog Best of Show. (where "dog" is the direct object and "Best of Show" is the second complement).

2:
The faculty elected Dogsbreath the new Academic Dean. (where Dogsbreath is the direct object and "Academic Dean" is the second complement).


3: U.S. News and World Report named our college the best in the northeast. (where "our college" is the direct object and "the best" is the second complement).

I think that what you call 'first complement' is what is called 'direct object' in brackets

Mister MicawberUsually, they are just called 'object' and 'object complement'.

I didn't respond when this thread first started because I was at a loss for terminology. I think you've offered makes good sense. Thanks.
can u expalin these . what the difference?

causative active:

i made Ana wash the dishes.( subject + causative + person + bare infinitve)

causative passive:

i had my hair cut. (subject + had/got + object + past participle)

i was made to saty the whole day. this is also passive form.

what is the difference between the second sentence and the third sentence?
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In the above given examples where you mean, the second complement should be the first one as there is no any other complement but when one glance over the sentences from an other aspect as the second part of the object. It means the object has got two parts the first one is the indirect object while the second one the complement. In this connection, it seems quite all right.

But according to your point of view, if we call it the first complement, why shouldn't we call it the only complement without saying first or the second.

Because Factative Verbs require Indirect object and complement to get its sense clear. ( not the first or second complement).

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Both objects and complements are called complements by some grammarians, making the object the first complement, and the complement (of the object) the second complement. However, normally they are referred to just as object and complement.