Grammatica

V n at n

Structure II: Verb with Object and prepositional Object Complement

Active voice: V n at amount
 Verb groupnoun groupatamount
SubjectVerbObjectprep. Object Complement
The New York Timesputthe purchase priceatabout $200 million
The magazinereckonedhis personal wealthat$2.1 billion.
Passive voice: be V-ed at amount
 Verb groupatamount
SubjectVerbprepositional Complement
Savings on all the programmesare estimatedateighteen thousand million dollars.
The share pricewas setat£2.75.
Verbs with this structure are all concerned with estimating, fixing, or maintaining the price, value, or size of something.
The interim dividend for the six months to June 30 has been pegged at 1p and the company has promised to maintain the final dividend at 2p.
The number of child workers was put at more than 3 million in one province alone.
  • estimate (usu passive)
  • maintain
  • peg (usu passive)
  • put
  • reckon
  • set (usu passive)
  • Structure information: Verb with Object and prepositional Object Complement

    The noun group following the verb is the Object, and the prepositional phrase is the prepositional Object Complement. The structure has a passive, with the pattern be V-ed at amount.The prepositional phrase is the prepositional Complement. Though the prepositional phrase in this structure usually comes after the noun group,it sometimes comes before it, especially when the noun group is a long one.
    The resolution sets at thirty percent the ceiling of future oil revenues payable into the compensation fund.

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