what is the the word "society" in ths sentence.Her parents gave society a thinker rather than a social butterfly. what Complement is it?pa,pn,do,io,ocpa=predicate adjective,pa=predicate...

what is the the word "society" in ths sentence.Her parents gave society a thinker rather than a social butterfly. what Complement is it?pa,pn,do,io,oc

pa=predicate adjective,pa=predicate nominative,do=direct object,io=indirect object,oc=objective complement

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This is a good question. Here is the breakdown of the sentence.

The subject of the sentence is "parents." The word, "gave" is the verb. The indirect object is "society," and the direct object is "thinker." The object complement is "social butterfly".

The most difficult part of this sentence is to distinguish the indirect object from the direct object.

In order to distinguish the indirect object from the direct object is actually simple. All you need to do is rewrite the sentence and put the word "to" before the two objects. The word, "to" will work with the indirect object, but it will not work with the direct object. This simple test will give you the indirect object.

So, for example, we can say:

"Her parents gave to society a thinker rather than a social butterfly."

 

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