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    Diagram "One dollar APIECE"

    Could you please reed-kellogg "The donuts cost one dollar APIECE." Thank you.

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    Re: Diagram "One dollar APIECE"

    I think that the etymology of "apiece" will show that it was once a prepositional phrase meaning "by the piece". I would diagram it as such and split the "a-" from the "piece".

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    Re: Diagram "One dollar APIECE"

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    I think that the etymology of "apiece" will show that it was once a prepositional phrase meaning "by the piece". I would diagram it as such and split the "a-" from the "piece".
    Thanks a million for the prompt response. What does "apiece" or " a piece" modify?

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    Re: Diagram "One dollar APIECE"

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    "The donuts cost one dollar APIECE."
    What does "apiece" or " a piece" modify?
    apiece is an adverb. An adverb modifies either a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.

    adverbs in the sentence: apiece
    adjectives in the sentence: one
    verbs in the sentence: cost

    'apiece' does not modify itself. So we have narrowed the circle down to two words: one, cost. (Apiece X) dollar? No. Cost (X) apiece. 'apiece' modifies 'cost'.

    QED.

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    Re: Diagram "One dollar APIECE"

    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    apiece is an adverb. An adverb modifies either a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.

    adverbs in the sentence: apiece
    adjectives in the sentence: one
    verbs in the sentence: cost

    'apiece' does not modify itself. So we have narrowed the circle down to two words: one, cost. (Apiece X) dollar? No. Cost (X) apiece. 'apiece' modifies 'cost'.

    QED.
    Thanks a mil. Yes, almost everyone says that "apiece" modifies the verb. (Including a lady at the Oxford English Dictionary, to whom I had written.) I was fascinated by your mentioning "one." Someone well versed in grammar just recently mentioned that as a possibility. I may post a question in "Ask a Teacher," for one university professor raised the possibility that "apiece" actually modifies "one dollar." I know this issue is trivial. But it is good, clean fun!

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