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Re: Sentences as objects

ghunchu'wI' (

On Nov 4, 2009, at 4:42 PM, Terrence Donnelly wrote:

> I don't really understand why MO decided that reported speech would  
> not be an object...

I think it's because of the line that was written "I told you,  
'engines only'!"  The object is the person being spoken to.  That was  
long before any thoughts of ditransitivity or indirect objects came up.

> and would not use {'e'},...

That's easy enough.  {'e'} stands for the idea presented in the  
previous sentence, not the words.  It works fine for indirect  
quotation, as long as the verb used can have an appropriate object.

-- ghunchu'wI'

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