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Do not forget that the newlyweds, to whom you gave your money many years ago, have no insurance.
Yes, of course, the adverbial phrase 'many years ago' modifies the verb. Adverbs never modify nouns. I did not give my diagram due care.
This is how I see the adverb phrase:
[many [years]] ago;
'many years' is an adverbial objective, a NP functioning as an adverb (modifies 'ago')
How would you diagram this sentence:
'You are right, aren't you?'?
I think you did a very good job Konderosi.
I DO think Parser is right about the placement of "many years ago" under "gave" as opposed to "money"
An "x" could have been placed on the sloping line for an understood "by" i.e. "ago by many years"
At some point I learned to call little clauses like "...aren't you?" as "tag questions". I think they work syntactically as little tiny sentences in their own right -- even though they are not standardly punctuated like them.
Biber says tag clauses (they are finite sub-clauses) are a type of peripheral clause; they are loosely attached to the end (sometimes the middle) of another clause. They include question tags and declarative tags. They have the effect of reinforcing the speaker's commitment to the proposition in the main clause.
Frank, do you like this?
They said, 'Yes sir,' and saluted.
Last edited by Kondorosi; 15-Dec-2009 at 14:33.
"They said and saluted." "Yes, sir" is the direct object of the first verb in the compound simple predicate. That direct object is made up of an interjection and a noun of direct address.
I would love to diagram it, but I don't know how to do it online. I must learn.
Do you think it would be possible to scan a hand-drawn diagram and then post it here? That is what I would really like to do.
Today I am not in school. The Farmer part of Linguist Farmer fell off a barn roof a few weeks ago, and I am missing some days from school. Therefore, the images are not blocked for me, and I can see them.