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    Default "10 miles out at sea"

    "A survivor was found 10 miles out at sea."

    Would you please R-K this sentence?

    Thank you SO much.

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    Default Re: "10 miles out at sea"

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Thank you very much. (There was no "thank you" button on your

    post for me to push.)
    The post was empty on my end. Blank. How was '10 miles out to sea' parsed, specifically the word 'out'? Was '10 miles' parsed as a modifier (an adjective) or as a noun? And how did you guys work out the ambiguity in 'found'? Is it stative or active?

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    Default Re: "10 miles out at sea"

    Well gang . . .

    Idioms or figures of speech are combinations of words whose meaning cannot be determined by examination of the meanings of the words that make it up

    So I am going to suggest that "found at sea" is an idiom and the words, "10 miles out" are all adverbs telling "where"

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    Default Re: "10 miles out at sea"

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    The post was empty on my end. Blank. How was '10 miles out to sea' parsed, specifically the word 'out'? Was '10 miles' parsed as a modifier (an adjective) or as a noun? And how did you guys work out the ambiguity in 'found'? Is it stative or active?
    I am sure that Mr. A will explain everything to you. I am not

    qualified to do so.

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    Default Re: "10 miles out at sea"

    "A survivor was found 10 miles out at sea."

    Maybe this is too simple, but I would say that "was found" is passive voice, "at sea" answers "where" about found, "out" answers where about "at sea", "miles" answers how much about "out", "10" answers how many about "miles".

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    Default Re: "10 miles out at sea"

    I am suggesting that found at sea is an idiom that functions as the entire phrasal verb.

    He / was found at sea

    out - adverb
    miles - adj.
    ten - adj for miles

    (lost at sea is also be an idiom)

    see: http://www.oxfordadvancedlearnersdic...ictionary/lose

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    Default Re: "10 miles out at sea"

    That works.

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