hi, may i know how to analyze copulas in these sententces using syntax:
e.g. 1. The room is wet.
2. he is buying some fruit.
how to analyze "is wet" and "is buying"? is that modification construction or complementation construction? thx.
Re: english syntax
1) wet describes the situation, the condition of the room which makes the is a copula. like in: "Mary is ill." wet is therefore the subject complement to the subject he.
Originally Posted by ningshasha
2) whereas here, "is buying" is a full verb in present progressive tense followed by a direct object.
hope that helps. I'm not a teacher but english student!
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