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    1. He was in good health.
    2. That seems of no importance.
    3. He is at home.
    4. I am behind in my rent.
    5. You put me at my ease.
    6. We parted good friends.
    7. The book costs 10 bucks.
    8. This dress does not become you.
    9. It strikes me as good.
    10. They have been identified as affected by something like that.

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    Kondorosi,

    Sorry, but that is too much at one shot.

    Granted that each sentence is interesting in its own way. Where are you getting these sentences? Do you have a mischievous side -- what we call here "ornery" (or "onry")?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    Kondorosi,

    Sorry, but that is too much at one shot.

    Granted that each sentence is interesting in its own way. Where are you getting these sentences? Do you have a mischievous side -- what we call here "ornery" (or "onry")?
    Hands on heart I have not seen their diagrams in this life. I saw them only in my mind's eye.
    Pick and mix. Take your pick.
    These are partly example sentences taken from CGEL, partly I made them up.

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    Hello teacher Frank and Kondorosi,

    I have diagrammed the first sentence but don't know whether it is right or not

    He was in good health.



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    No, sorry.
    "In" is a preposition and "in good health" is a prepositional phrase. It should be up on a standard after the sloping line.
    Keep it up!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by knowledge View Post
    Hello teacher Frank and Kondorosi,

    I have diagrammed the first sentence but don't know whether it is right or not

    He was in good health.


    Close but no cigar. Congratulations for the IT part of diagramming, though.

    'in good health' only metaphorically, or not even so, is related to space. It means he was healthy, pure and simple.
    See these tests:

    He was [young] and [in good health]. -- coordinated adjective
    He seemed in good health. -- 'in good health' works with other copulas
    Where was he? -- This is not a question tho elicit 'in good health'.

    --> 'in good health' does not behave like a predicate adjunct (a prep. phrase in adverb function after a linking verb) because it is not a predicate adjunct, but an EDIT: subjective complement (adjective after a linking verb).



    Make more diagrams and put them in for discussion.
    Last edited by Kondorosi; 13-Jan-2010 at 18:29.

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    An adjective following a linking verb is not an objective complement (completing the object) but rather a subject complement (completing the subject -- which is the reason is calls for the subjective case e.g. "I am he").
    A predicate adjective and a predicate nominative are subject complements, but it is confusing because they are normally found on the predicate side of the clause.

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    Of course it is not an objective complement. So many names. Who can keep them all in mind? Surely not me.
    Thanks, Frank, for the correction.

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    There ARE so many names.

    I, myself, am still trying to deal with what I think of as the British terms for things.

    Behind all those names, however, I think we can sift out a very logical system -- maybe the original Reed-kellogg terms, or maybe those tweaked a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    No, sorry.
    "In" is a preposition and "in good health" is a prepositional phrase. It should be up on a standard after the sloping line.
    Keep it up!!
    Teacher Frank, you don't need to say sorry. It was my own mistake Thanks for the corrections. I will try to practice more, if not then let you people to do it

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