What Are Complex Transitive Verbs?
Complex transitive verbs may have two objects, but they function differently.
The object in this sentence is 'him'. 'Robinson Crusoe is the object complement.
Only adverbs of place can be placed directly after the direct object of a transitive verb. You are not allowed to use adverbs of time or frequency or manner as an object complement. Check out the examples:
✗We found him
✗We understand our child
Common Complex Transitive Verbs
Common complex transitive verbs in English are:
- turn into
That mean comment made
Many complex transitive verbs can also be used as transitive verbs without an object complement. It's important to note that they may have a different meaning when used transitively compared to their complex transitive form.
The direct object of complex-transitive verbs can be transformed into the passive voice. Note that it is the direct object and not the object complement that allows the sentence to be changed into a passive construction.
A star was made him.')
Ditransitive vs. Complex Transitive Verbs
In order to know the difference between a ditransitive verb and a complex transitive verb, you need to pay attention to the noun phrases that occur after the transitive verbs:
I consider Jake
Answer this question: Do Jake and 'my best friend' refer to the same person?
If the noun phrases following the verb refer to the same person/thing, the main verb is a complex transitive verb.
I made Jake
Answer this question: Do Jake and 'dinner' refer to the same person?
If the noun phrases following the verb do not refer to the same person/thing, the main verb is ditransitive verb.