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    Please analyze and diagram this sentence.

    I thought I had done something, but I hadn't. Therefore, MY MIND PLAYED ME FALSE. Would you kindly analyze and (if possible) Reed-Kellogg the sentence that I have uppercased? Thank you very much.

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    Re: Please analyze and diagram this sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    I thought I had done something, but I hadn't. Therefore, MY MIND PLAYED ME FALSE. Would you kindly analyze and (if possible) Reed-Kellogg the sentence that I have uppercased? Thank you very much.
    Interesting. You could simply say that the writer meant "falsely", but I think that would be a cop out. "False" here is probably more accurately described as an objective complement.
    Wait, better yet, is to think of an understood "to" before "me". Then "false" is a predicate adjective. "Played" could be understood to be copulative (what we Americans call "linking") in the same sense as "appeared" or "acted".
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    Re: Please analyze and diagram this sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    Interesting. You could simply say that the writer meant "falsely", but I think that would be a cop out. "False" here is probably more accurately described as an objective complement.
    Wait, better yet, is to think of an understood "to" before "me". Then "false" is a predicate adjective. "Played" could be understood to be copulative (what we Americans call "linking") in the same sense as "appeared" or "acted".
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    Thank you, Linguist Farmer, for this excellent explanation.

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    My pleasure.
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    false is an adjectival objective complement

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post


    false is an adjectival objective complement
    "But I hadn't" is not part of the direct object, but rather a second independent clause.
    "Therefore" could have been placed as modifying the simple predicate in the following clause (I think).
    I agree abut "false".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    "But I hadn't" is not part of the direct object, but rather a second independent clause.
    "Therefore" could have been placed as modifying the simple predicate in the following clause (I think).

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    I thought [something].
    I thought [(that) I had done something].

    I thought [(that) I had done something]
    but
    I had not (done anything).

    You are correct, Frank. I did an embarrassing mistake.

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    This whole activity is so much fun!
    Anyway, I have changed my mind about "..played me false.."
    Now I think "false" is a predicate adjective and "me" is the object of the understood preposition "to" (sort of like an indirect object).
    What I am sticking with is the idea that "played" works as a copulative verb.
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    Re: Please analyze and diagram this sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    "But I hadn't" is not part of the direct object, but rather a second independent clause.
    "Therefore" could have been placed as modifying the simple predicate in the following clause (I think).
    I agree abut "false".
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    (NOT a teacher) As many books admit, there are always different ways to parse a sentence. Therefore, I prefer
    Linguist Farmer's assertion in his first post that "false" is a subjective complement that refers to the mind, not to me. I thank you two gentlemen very much for your insightful thoughts.

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