English Grammar

Welcome to the Grammar Exchange, Sirush!

Next time, please start any thread with a title that is more descriptive of the topic, for example: "Visit or visit to?"

Since "visit" can be a noun or a verb, to answer your question we need any examples of "visit" that you are having trouble with so that we can identify the source of your doubt.

Sirush,

I agree with Gustavo.

These sentences essentially mean the same thing:

a: I went to visit my sister.
b: I paid a visit to my sister.

However, in (a), "visit" is a verb (transitive with a direct object), but in (b) it's a noun with a very necessary adjectival prepositional phrase.

Actually, though, the prepositional phrase "to my sister" could be considered adverbial, complementing the entire verbal phrase "paid a visit", as opposed to an adjectival, complementing the noun "visit" by itself.

Gustavo and David, what do you say?

DocV

b: I paid a visit to my sister.

Hi, DocV,

I find the sentence above equivalent to:

c: I paid her a visit

where "her" is the indirect object.

I think that interpreting the prepositional phrase as adjectival in (b) is also possible. However, if we consider that "pay a visit" is a verb phrase equivalent to the verb "visit," then the indirect object reading (syntactically speaking) seems more likely. For the adjectival meaning, "a visit" needs to be interpreted as separated from "pay."

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