Definition of cognate object in English:

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cognate object

noun

Grammar
1A direct object that has the same linguistic derivation as the verb which governs it, as in ‘sing a song’.
Example sentences
  • However, in Chinese, not only can intransitives take cognate objects, transitives can also take cognate objects.
  • I am also working on a typology of cognate objects, which includes much data concerning cognate objects in African languages.
  • Although examples can easily be constructed, the subject they contain does not have the properties associated with cognate objects.
1.1A direct object that makes explicit a semantic concept that is already present in the semantics of the verb which governs it, as in ‘eat some food’.
Example sentences
  • It's a sort of ‘cognate prepositional phrase’, like the cognate objects in ‘cost money’ or ‘owe money’.

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