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Grammar Practice — Complex Object

English grammar exercises and activities for practicing Complex object. All exercises include answer keys.

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Complex Object Practice

1. Turn the following sentences into sentences with complex subject using the verbs in brackets.

  1. I think she will phone. (expect)
  2. My father said I could use his car. (allow)
  3. I suggested that she should go home. (ask)
  4. I asked my friend ‘Can you help me?’ (ask)
  5. I think you should know the truth. (want)
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Answers
1. I expect her to phone.
2. My father allowed me to use his car.
3. I asked her to go home.
4. I asked my friend to help me.
5. I want you to know the truth.
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2. Change the complex sentences into simple ones using complex objects.

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Model:
A: I think that the flat is very cosy.
B: I think the flat to be very cosy.

  1. I think that a shower is a most important convenience.
  2. I think that our water supply is not good.
  3. I saw that he pressed the bell.
  4. I did not expect that they would come in time.
  5. I watched how he spoke on the phone.
  6. He heard that the telephone rang.
  7. I saw that he took out his key.
  8. She believed that he had stolen her money to pay his debts.
  9. He wants that this work will be done.
  10. He wants that this work will have been done by Friday.

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Answers
1. I think a shower to be a most important convenience.
2. I think our water supply not to be good.
3. I saw him press the bell.
4. I did not expect them to come in time.
5. I watched him speak on the phone.
6. He heard the telephone ring.
7. I saw him take out his key.
8. She believed him to have stolen her money to pay his debts.
9. He wants this work to be done.
10. He wants this work to have been done by Friday.

3. Combine sentences using Complex Object.

Model:
A: I heard him. He answered the door-bell.
B: I heard him answer the door-bell.
  1. He saw her. She burst into tears.
  2. I haven’t heard him. He called my name.
  3. The nurse watched the boy. The boy cried.
  4. I felt his hand. His hand shook.
  5. We saw a man. The man pulled the door open.
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Answers
1. He saw her burst into tears.
2. I haven’t heard him call my name.
3. The nurse watched the boy cry.
4. I felt his hand shake.
5. We saw the man pull the door open.

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