A Star-Spangled Challenge
I present a simple grammar challenge in honor of the day. Consider the following text:
O! say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
This is familiar to Americans. (For the rest of you, sing it to the tune of “Anacreon in Heaven.”) The challenge is what, if anything, is the object of the verb “watched”?
I will save the commentary for later, other than to note that I know that you are sitting at your device of choice and muttering that this is the stupidest question you have ever seen because the answer is perfectly obvious. Perhaps. But I offer the prediction that if you get into comments, you will find advocates of several answers, all of them put forth as being perfectly obvious. Have fun!