Cognate Object

Cognate Object :

A verb that is regularly intransitive sometimes takes as object a noun whose meaning closely resembles its own.

A noun in this construction is called the
cognate object of the verb and is in the objective case.

1. He ran a race.
2. The mayor coughed a dubious, insinuating cough.
3. A scornful laugh laughed he.
4. The trumpeter blew a loud blast.
5. She sleeps the sleep of death.

Note : Cognate means kindred or related. The cognate object repeats the idea of the verb, often with some modification and may be classed as an
adverbial modifier . Its difference from the direct object may be seen by contrasting (The blacksmith struck the anvil.) with (The blacksmith struck a mighty blow.) (cf. “struck mightily").

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