From: Burton J. Rozema (rozema@mcs.net)
Date: Mon Aug 05 1996 - 12:01:11 EDT

Mike Phillips posed a question about the "double accusative" construction
in Rom 6:16, asking, I assume, what the construction is for DOULOUS, the
second accusative. I hesitate to use the "double accusative" designation
for this construction, saving that for the use of double acc. after
such verbs as ERWTAW. Eg, "I asked him (acc) for a loaf of bread (also

But I digress. My point in writing is to say that I have always given
this EAUTOUS DOULOUS construction the name "objective complement." I
find it takes students a while to get the hang of it, but it is very
useful whenever a second accusative occurs that in essence complements or
describes an already stated accusative. I don't have my NT handy, so I
can't cite other examples, but I'm sure I could if you wish. My
English example is, "We elected him secretary." Ie, "We elected him (to
be) secretary."

This construction requires that there be a direct object of a verb, such
that there can be a complement. I may be just using another name for
what Carl Conrad suggested by inserting the infinitive "to be."

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