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    how should these sentences be analyzed?

    Hi,

    I was wondering how the following sentences would be analyzed in terms of sentence structure and parts of speech, using traditional grammar terms? I've found conflicting and/or inadequate explanations for these common, everyday patterns in the various grammar books I've checked.

    1. She had her hair cut.

    2. She was going crazy.

    3. I'm going to be sick.

    4. I'm going to throw up.

    5. He had his car fixed.

    Thanks, Joe

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    Re: how should these sentences be analyzed?

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    Well, Joe, to start with-- #1 and #5 use 'have' as a causative verb (main verb 'have/get' + past participle); #3 and #4 are 'going to' future forms of the main verbs 'be' and 'throw up'; and #2 is past continuous of the idiomatic 'go (= become) crazy/mad/bananas/etc.'

    Is that enough to go on?
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