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    I've been working on understanding grammatical syntax, especially on more complex sentences. Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    In this sense, I find it peculiar that I recognize the personalities which populate this community because I am but a specter peering in.
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    The rest is simply breaking down the syntax of the sentence.


    [INTRODUCTORY PREPOSITIONAL PHRASE], [INDEPENDENT CLAUSE] [DEPENDENT CLAUSE 1 CONNECTED BY RELATIVE PRONOUN SERVING TO MODIFY INDEPENDENT CLAUSE] [DEPENDENT CLAUSE 2 CONNECTED BY A RELATIVE PRONOUN SERVING TO MODIFY DEPENDENT CLAUSE 1] [DEPENDENT CLAUSE 3 CONNECTED BY A SUBORDINATING CONJUNCTION SERVING TO SIGNAL A REASON WHY]

    In this sense = Introductory Prepositional Phrase
    (References previous sentence)

    I find it peculiar = Independent Clause

    -I = Subject

    -find = main verb/predicate

    -it = indirect object (Referencing subsequent clause)

    -peculiar = direct object

    That I recognize the personalities = Dependent Clause

    -That = Relative Pronoun introducing dependent clause functioning as an adjective

    -I = subject

    -Recognize = verb/predicate

    -The - definite article

    - personalities = direct object

    Which populate this community = Dependent Clause

    -Which = Relative pronoun introducing dependent clause functioning as an adjective (used in the place of “that” to avoid repetition)

    -the subject is "populations" from previous clause

    -populate = verb/predicate

    -this = demonstrative pronoun

    -community = direct object

    I am but a specter peering in = Dependent Clause


    -Even though = Subordinating conjunction

    -But = adverb modifying am

    -a = indefinite article

    -specter peering in = subject complement

    -specter = noun

    -peering in = verbal phrase acting as a modifying of "specter"

    -peering = present participle

    -in = preposition

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    Default Re: Is this grammatically correct?

    Well, this reads like an undergraduate assignment in syntax.

    However, the quoted sentence sounds awkward and I doubt that anyone would actually say it that way.

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    Default Re: Is this grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mac Flecknoe View Post
    I've been working on understanding grammatical syntax, especially on more complex sentences. Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    In this sense, I find it peculiar that I recognize the personalities which populate this community because I am but a specter peering in.
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    The rest is simply breaking down the syntax of the sentence.


    [INTRODUCTORY PREPOSITIONAL PHRASE], [INDEPENDENT CLAUSE] [DEPENDENT CLAUSE 1 CONNECTED BY RELATIVE PRONOUN SERVING TO MODIFY INDEPENDENT CLAUSE] [DEPENDENT CLAUSE 2 CONNECTED BY A RELATIVE PRONOUN SERVING TO MODIFY DEPENDENT CLAUSE 1] [DEPENDENT CLAUSE 3 CONNECTED BY A SUBORDINATING CONJUNCTION SERVING TO SIGNAL A REASON WHY]

    In this sense = Introductory Prepositional Phrase
    (References previous sentence)

    I find it peculiar = Independent Clause

    -I = Subject

    -find = main verb/predicate

    -it = indirect object (Referencing subsequent clause)

    -peculiar = direct object

    That I recognize the personalities = Dependent Clause

    -That = Relative Pronoun introducing dependent clause functioning as an adjective

    -I = subject

    -Recognize = verb/predicate

    -The - definite article

    - personalities = direct object

    Which populate this community = Dependent Clause

    -Which = Relative pronoun introducing dependent clause functioning as an adjective (used in the place of “that” to avoid repetition)

    -the subject is "populations" from previous clause

    -populate = verb/predicate

    -this = demonstrative pronoun

    -community = direct object

    I am but a specter peering in = Dependent Clause


    -Even though = Subordinating conjunction

    -But = adverb modifying am

    -a = indefinite article

    -specter peering in = subject complement

    -specter = noun

    -peering in = verbal phrase acting as a modifying of "specter"

    -peering = present participle

    -in = preposition
    In what sense? It needs to be preceded by something, it makes no sense as it is.

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    Default Re: Is this grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In what sense? It needs to be preceded by something, it makes no sense as it is.
    I just took it out of a paragraph I was writing and broke it down. I was wondering if all the dependent clauses heaped on top of each other was grammatically correct.

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    Default Re: Is this grammatically correct?

    I find it peculiar. "it" is the direct object (not indirect). "Peculiar" cannot be a direct object
    or any other kind, because it is an adjective qualifying "it"

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