prepositional object

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Noun1.prepositional object - the object governed by a preposition
object - (grammar) a constituent that is acted upon; "the object of the verb"
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Here, "helping Ellen Pao is not an / option" for Barbie Chang, making her a prepositional object to the first line, but also the subject of the line that follows.
In the specific case of Spanish (3b), and exactly the same in (3b'), the wh-object is actually a prepositional object, which means that it values Case against the preposition.
The prepositional object news of Loren's arrest is informatively more relevant than news, since it is far more specific about the nature of what is communicated.
From a syntactic perspective, this means that these verbs may alternatively take a direct object in the accusative case, as in (9a) and (10a), or a prepositional object introduced by on (occasionally by oet) followed by accusative case objects as in (9b) and (10b):
In this article I present a corpus-based analysis of Dutch extraposition constructions that contain an adjective which combines with a prepositional object. I discuss two models that explain extraposition constructions in general: the minimalist model of Koster (1994) and Zwart (1993), and the functionalist model of Vandenbosch (1985).
The verb say of the reporting clause can be followed by a prepositional object + reported speech; for instance, I said to her, "When I'm ready I'll tell you".
As subject, object, and prepositional object are not semantic categories, assigning them correctly to NPs does not as such guarantee correct understanding of an utterance.
The results indicate that factors triggering decisions of the formulator, for example, whether to choose a double-object construction or a prepositional object, may not be linked to decisions at the level of the conceptualizer, but are an effect of the proliferation of structural features, even across languages.
PO It indicates that the adjectival entry conforms its syntactic nature by means of a subcategorised Preposition and its corresponding Prepositional Object:
With the verbs give, offer, and sell, the pattern indirect object + direct object is about four times more common than the pattern direct object + prepositional object (Biber et al.