Lesson: Parts of Speech - Subjects and Objects

Comment on Parts of Speech - Subjects and Objects

In the following 2 sentences what will be the object:
1. Paola's fear of cotton is a source of delight among her friends.
2. Behind the pickle factory sits Edna Miller's beautiful home.
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Neither of these sentences has an object. An object is acted upon by the subject (more here: http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/indirectobject.htm)

Yes, in the video I say that an object (roughly speaking) is any noun that it not a subject. However, for the purpose of the GMAT, this definition is all you need.

Are these all of the correlative phrases that GMAT expects us to make parallel constructions or are there more than these?

Both x and y
Either x or y
Just as x so Y
Neither x nor y
From x to y
Not x but y
Not only x but also y
The more x the more y
X rather than y
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That list should cover everything.

Hi Brent,

I have heard that when answering SC questions I should be cautious about the preposition "with". I found the following examples on GMATCLUB. Do you agree that among the following sentences, first is correct and the second is incorrect?

INCORRECT: The student with the highest grade was rewarded.
CORRECT: The student who received the highest grade was rewarded.

For me the sentences below are fine:

He is a man with a big heart.
He is a guy with big muscles.

Is the following sentence is also incorrect because of "with". Thank you in advance:

With 20 percent of the world's, Siberia's Lake Baikal has more than 300 rivers that drain into it.
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There are times when WITH can be ambiguous or just plain wrong.

If we say "Joe likes dogs WITH soft fur," we're saying that "Joe likes dogs THAT POSSESS soft fur"
Likewise, if we say "The student WITH the highest grade was rewarded," we're saying that the student POSSESSES the highest grade (which is odd).

Consider these two examples:
1) Joe went to a movie WITH Sue. Here, the prepositional phrase "WITH Sue" help us more about how Joe WENT to the movie. This sentence is fine.

2) Joe went to a movie WITH Arnold Schwarzenegger. The sentence is somewhat ambiguous. Did Joe and Arnold Schwarzenegger go to the movie? Or did Joe go to a movie that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger?
If it's the latter, the sentence should read "Joe went to the movie STARRING Arnold Schwarzenegger"


Hi Brent,

Amazing response,

I liked your comment about Schwarzenegger. Perfect example.

So the general rule is to be cautious about "with" and use it only when we need to express the "possession"

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