Is "my hardest" a direct object in "I will try my hardest"?
> I will try my hardest.I am confusing myself by trying to figure out the grammatical relations in this sentence. It is not clear to me whether *my hardest* is a direct object here. If it is not, what kind of complement is it (assuming it is a complement)? If it is a direct object, how can we show this?Another issue: *The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language* analyse phrases such as *the poor, the blind* or *the Dutch* as noun phrases headed by adjectives (they dub them *fused modifier-head* constructions). Is *my hardest* a noun phrase in the sentence above. If so, why? If not, why not?