gone “on a nighttime visit” – is it a predicative or an adverbial?

“. . .when you’re on the train home tomorrow, you’re so -” But what they were, they didn’t find out. Hermione had turned to the portrait of the Fat Lady to get back inside and found herself facing an empty painting. The Fat Lady had gone on a nighttime visit and Hermione was locked out … Read more

Does usage of “to” depend on the verb or object?

I give to you a pen. In the above sentence I am using "to" before the object "you". I am giving you a pen. In the above sentence I am not using "to" before the object "you". In the above two sentences the usage of "to" depends on the verb forms ("give" and "giving") or … Read more

How many objects are in here?

Paul accuses her of being over cautious. (thearchers.co.uk) ‘of being over cautions’ is adverbial complement. Is there one (direct) object – her – in the sentence, or two? indirect – her, and direct – of being over cautious? Answer In (traditional?) grammar, an indirect object is a noun or a pronoun, not a phrase. In … Read more

Well enough vs. good enough

In answer to the question: Can you speak English? Which of the following is correct? I can speak it good enough. I can speak it well enough. Answer In Standard English, which is what speakers of other languages learn, it’s the second. AttributionSource : Link , Question Author : 2hamed , Answer Author : Barrie … Read more

parse: out + prepositional phrase

By the time he was allowed (1) out of his cupboard again, the summer holidays had started and Dudley had already broken his new video camera, crashed his remote control airplane, and, first time (2) out on his racing bike, knocked down old Mrs. Figg as she crossed Privet Drive on her crutches. (Harry Potter … Read more

To live in village or on country?

Speaking about someone from a rural area, should we rather say “he’s living in village” or “he’s living on country”? Country as a word has other meanings, such as the entity including the whole territory, so I’m cautious when this word is concerned. But that’s only my feeling, and I’m not a native speaker. Answer … Read more