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    #11

    Re: Clarification through Reed-Kellogg

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post

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

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    Start with this:

    and you will form a liking to TG very soon. Andrew is a cool guy. I like his student-friendly style of writing.
    Regarding your question, IMO "was burned" is a quasi copula where "quasi" means the linking-verb retains its dynamic sense -- part of it.
    There is a gradience running through from action verbs through to the class of copulas. The distinction between them is not clear-cut.

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    #12

    Re: Clarification through Reed-Kellogg

    Dear Corum,

    I don't know when I will have time to study TG, but, in the meantime, wouldn't you agree that Reed-Kellogg has the sizable advantage of not having to include any words in a diagram besides the words of the sentence that is being diagrammed?

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