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    Default Clarification through Reed-Kellogg

    In another forum at this website, we have been having an exciting debate over this sentence:

    He was burned alive.

    Reed-Kellogg, of course, can always be counted upon to clarify things.

    May I please have a diagram.

    Thank you SO much for your kindness.

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    Default Re: Clarification through Reed-Kellogg

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post

    Thank you SO much for the confirmation. Long live Reed-Kellogg!!!

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    Default Re: Clarification through Reed-Kellogg

    After a little more thought, I guess that you could consider the sentence to be elliptical with "while he was still" as being understood. That way "alive" could remain the adjective that you expect it to be.

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    Default Re: Clarification through Reed-Kellogg

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    After a little more thought, I guess that you could consider the sentence to be elliptical with "while he was still" as being understood. That way "alive" could remain the adjective that you expect it to be.
    A famous grammarian agrees with you that the "adjective" is modifying the verb because -- as you also said -- it really means "while he was alive."

    How sad that good students are not being given the chance to learn Reed-Kellogg. It would do so much to help their English.

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    Default Re: Clarification through Reed-Kellogg

    I would love to know who that "famous grammarian" is. I thought the only one that would still have that title would be Noam Chomsky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    I would love to know who that "famous grammarian" is. I thought the only one that would still have that title would be Noam Chomsky.
    Professor George O. Curme -- wrote his two-volume grammar in the 1930's. (A GRAMMAR OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE)

    Full of the historical development of English.

    A must for your library.

    Yes. Dr. Chomsky's transformational grammar is very nice. I guess. Way over my head.

    But for ordinary people like me, I'll stick with Dr. Curme, House-Harman, and -- of course -- Reed-Kellogg.

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    Default Re: Clarification through Reed-Kellogg

    Thanks for that.
    I had not heard of him.
    I will look into his work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    Thanks for that.
    I had not heard of him.
    I will look into his work.
    Dr. Curme's two-volume work is the greatest.

    He explains the historical background of various constructions and gives oodles of examples from literature.

    It is truly a tour de force.

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    Default Re: Clarification through Reed-Kellogg

    I DID look into it.

    I will have to see about getting a copy of it.

    Thanks,

    Frank

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