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ok so i have a sentence
It was soon after leaving college that I finally bought an instrument of my own.
it = Subject
was = Predicator
and what's left is Subject Complement. or is there anything else?
the other sentence is
The case, which opens in the High Court on Thursday, has led to the discovery of 300 boxes of documents filling 110ft of shelving.
The case ... on Thursday = S
has led = P
to the discovery .... of shelving = Direct object
i'd like to clear this out first and then continue ...
Oh no ... That's not good.
Do you have any idea what that could be then? Adverbial of some kind?
(1) This is great fun. May I try? (My attempt at analysis is based on
our beloved Reed-Kellogg diagramming system.)
(2) It = subject.
That I finally bought an instrument of my own. = noun clause in apposition with "it." (explains what "it" is.)
was = linking verb.
after leaving college. = prepositional phrase that serves as a subjective complement (refers to "it").
soon = prepositional phrase modifying the whole prepositional phrase.
(3) The case = subject.
which opens in the High Court on Thursday. = adjective clause modifying "the case."
has led = verb.
to the discovery = prepositional phrase modifying "has led."
of 300 boxes = prepositional phrase modifying "discovery."
of documents = prepositional phrase modifying "boxes."
filling 110 feet = participial phrase modifying "documents."
of shelving = prepositional phrase modifying "feet."
(1) Yes, the "soon" matter was a typo. My mind was racing ahead to
"prepositional phrase" later on in the sentence. That's why proofreaders
are so important. I hear some newspapers are laying off proofreaders,
and this has led to more typos in some newspapers.
(2) has led (to the discovery). What is the difference between
"modifying" and "complementing"? I do not understand. Please
explain to me. Does it mean that "to the discovery" is essential to
the sentence? That it makes no sense to end a sentence with
Thank you for any guidance.
Here I have a sentence... Let's see how good you are
The great idea which pleased the tourist was to give the llamas bad anime so they would lose their minds.