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    The pyramid was sheathed with limestone casing blocks (stripped in later centuries to supply building stone for new cities like Cairo)

    My question is: what does the phrase 'for new cities' modify?
    Is it the verb 'supply', or is it 'building stone', or is it the combination of the two, namely 'supply building stone'?

    Is it possible to say 'supply for new cities like Cairo building stone'? If so, does it mean that 'for new cities' modify the verb 'supply'?


    Any reply'd be appreciated

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    The prepositional phrase 'for...Cairo' can be considered to modify either '(building) stone' or 'supply'. We would expect it to modify the former, on the basis of proximity.

    Your second way of phrasing is odd because it is not natural modern English word order, but the prepositional phrase still modifies either; though now-- because of proximity-- it seems more likely an adverbial of 'supply'.

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    gotcha. Thanks!

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