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    Default Something worth fighting for.

    Hi,

    Can you tell me the kind of grammar pattern used in the sentence below? And the function (parts of speech) of each words in the sentence?

    Something worth fighting for.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Exclamation Re: Something worth fighting for.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hi,

    Can you tell me the kind of grammar pattern used in the sentence below? And the function (parts of speech) of each words in the sentence?

    Something worth fighting for. This is not a complete sentence as it does not express a complete thought. It is a phrase.
    Here 'worth' is a preosition meaning: good or important enough to justify (specified by the pronoun 'something'); as: ; a place worth visiting, a cause worth fighting for. fighting is a gerund and object of the preposition 'worth'

    Thanks in advance!
    Here is an extract from a review of Harry Potter film " Something worth fighting hor"; At the end of the film, Harry tells his closest friends, "We have something Voldemort does not have [in their fight]: something worth fighting for." The implication is that this "something" is each other.


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    Default Re: Something worth fighting for.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hi,

    Can you tell me the kind of grammar pattern used in the sentence below? And the function (parts of speech) of each words in the sentence?

    Something worth fighting for.

    Thanks in advance!
    First off, it is simply a pronoun phrase, not a sentence!

    A simple form-class parsing would break it down as follows:

    something: indefinite PRONOUN

    worth: ADJECTIVE (with prepositional force), modifying 'something'

    fighting: GERUND, object of 'worth'

    for: PREPOSITION, notionally introducing elliptical adverbial modifying 'fighting' (see below)

    The object of the preposition in this kind of construction is suppressed, i.e. obligatorily omitted; thus the prepositional phrase that it notionally introduces is itself elliptical. However, although it cannot grammatically be inserted, you could imagine the suppressed prepositional object in this case as being 'it', and referring back to the referent of the adjective (i.e. to 'something').

    Expressed in overall structural terms, the phrase realizes the formula

    [[NP] (something) + [ADJ.P] (worth fighting for)].

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    Default Re: Something worth fighting for.

    So how would we say it in other words?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Something worth fighting for.

    There is something we care about a lot, and we care so much that we would fight for it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Something worth fighting for.

    (Notice, Ferdie11, that Barb couldn't resist the temptation to turn the prepositional phrase into a sentence - by supplying a verb: is.)

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