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raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021 9:33:10 AM
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Hi,

Can the object it be omitted in the following?

The water was so hot that he couldn’t drink it.

Now consider the following. Does "drank" need an object?

The restaurant provided free mineral water, so she filled the glass and drank.

I'd appreciate your help.
sureshot
Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021 10:19:09 AM
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raymondaliasapollyon wrote:
Hi,

Can the object it be omitted in the following?

The water was so hot that he couldn’t drink it.

Now consider the following. Does "drank" need an object?

The restaurant provided free mineral water, so she filled the glass and drank.

I'd appreciate your help.

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1. Can the object it be omitted in the following?

The water was so hot that he couldn’t drink it.

COMMENT: The pronoun "it" is required. If you want to avoid "it" you could say:

- The water was too hot to drink.

2. Now consider the following. Does "drank" need an object?

The restaurant provided free mineral water, so she filled the glass and drank.

COMMENT: Here, "drank" is a transitive verb. It requires an object. So the sentence should be "... and drank it".
tautophile
Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021 10:44:04 AM
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In my opinion, "...she filled the glass and drank" would be understood to mean "...she filled the glass with the free mineral water and drank the water from the glass." The phrases in italics aren't really needed because it's obvious from the context that she poured water into her glass and drank the water that she poured, so "...she filled the glass and drank" is perfectly OK.

As for the first sentence, yes, you need the "it" at the end. "He"--whoever "he" was--could drink (i.e., ingest liquid by mouth), but he was handed a cup or a glass of water (or tea or coffee) that was so hot that the cup's contents would burn his lips and mouth if he tried to drink the hot liquid. So you would say "The water was so hot that he couldn’t drink it", i.e., he couldn't drink the water (for fear of burning himself).
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