An object can be connected to the verb either directly or indirectly (i.e. with a preposition).
- Some verbs have to take a direct object (e.g. buy a sandwich) and some do not have to but can (e.g. eat lunch), while others cannot take direct objects (e.g. die Fred X).
- For some indirect objects, the preposition is determined by the verb (e.g. please don't worry about me); for others, it is determined by the object (e.g. she died in 1988).
- Objects can be independent (e.g. eat lunch at noon), where 'lunch' is independent because 'at noon' can be removed, or dependent (e.g. buy me a sandwich), where 'me' is dependent because 'a sandwich' cannot be removed.
An example of an incorrect sentence: I drank water quenched my thirst (1 ≤ 2 = 0 + 1). The issue is that the conjunction count is lower than the verb count.
Below are ways to correct your sentence structure.
- Method 1: Add a conjunction (1 ≤ 2 = 1 + 1).
- I drank water and quenched my thirst.
- I drank water, which quenched my thirst.
- Method 2: Change the verb form (1 ≤ 1 = 0 + 1).
- I drank water to quench my thirst.
- I drank water, quenching my thirst.
- Method 3: Break up the sentence (1 ≤ 1 = 0 + 1)(1 ≤ 1 = 0 + 1).
- I drank water. It quenched my thirst.
- I drank water; it quenched my thirst.