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Can sentences 1-5 be used for the given meanings:


1) Tom and Sally, the police arrested them.
(Meaning: The police arrested Tom and Sally.)

2) Tom and Sally, do you think the police should arrest them?
(Meaning: Do you think the police should arrest Tom and Sally?)

3) Tom and Sally, I want to see get out of jail.
4) Tom and Sally, I want to see them get out of jail.
(Meaning: I want to see Tom and Sally get out of jail.)

5) Tom and Sally, do you want to see them get out of jail?
(Meaning: Do you want to see Tom and Sally get out of jail?)

Gratefully,
Navi

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Hi, Navi,

I think (1) can work, with "Tom and Sally" being a dislocated object.

I'm not so sure (2) can work the same way as (1), because the pronominal object is inside a content clause and that sets it too far apart from the expanded object.

I think (3), (4) and (5) can work without "get."

You might want to read a recent related thread about preposing and dislocation.

Last edited by Gustavo, Contributor

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