V n n

Structure II: Verb with Object and Object Complement

Active voice: V n n
 Verb groupnoun groupnoun group
SubjectVerbObjectObject Complement
Henamedthe childSiddhartha.
Music magazinesproclaimedhertheir new genius.
Passive voice: be V-ed n
 Verb groupnoun group
Cerdic the Saxonwas crownedKing of the Angles.
Hewas ordaineda Catholic priest.
Most of the verbs with this structure are concerned with:
    naming or labelling e.g. call, term
    putting someone or something in a particular position e.g. elect, nominate
    thinking or considering e.g. adjudge, deem
    causing e.g. make
The noun group following the verb indicates the person or thing that is named or considered.
In 1987, the BBC appointed him their Deputy Editor of News and Current Affairs.
My children called him Uncle Frankie and were always delighted to see him.
The Home Office considered him a potentially dangerous enemy alien.
If you elect me president, you will be better off four years from now than you are today.
She thinks that if she makes a mess of this marriage she'll be labelled a complete and utter failure for the rest of her life.
In Mexico, his writing has made him a well-known public figure.
I make it ten o'clock.
The latest variant of the virus has been rated a medium threat, and has reportedly infected at least one large European company.
In the case of fancy, feel, and prove, the noun group following the verb is always a reflexive pronoun. This pattern is V pron-refl n.
He was thrown in at the deep end and proved himself a good swimmer.
In the case of make, the second noun group is often an amount This pattern is V n amount.
A penalty goal made it 13-3 at half-time.
  • acclaim (usu passive)
  • account (usu passive)
  • adjudge (usu passive)
  • anoint
  • appoint
  • be born
  • brand
  • call
  • christen (usu passive)
  • code-name (usu passive)
  • consider
  • count
  • crown (usu passive)
  • declare
  • deem
  • designate
  • dub
  • elect
  • fancy
  • feel
  • find
  • hail (usu passive)
  • label (usu passive)
  • make
  • be misnamed
  • name
  • nickname
  • nominate
  • ordain (usu passive)
  • proclaim
  • pronounce
  • prove
  • rate
  • be rated
  • re-elect (usu passive)
  • rename
  • rule
  • tag (usu passive)
  • term
  • title
  • vote
  • bring up
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