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    Question Analysing Sentences (SVOCA)

    Which of these is correct? Not sure.

    1. It(S) makes(V)a big difference(O) in terms of time(A)
    or...
    It(S) makes(V)a big difference(C) in terms of time(A)


    2. Be sure(V) to check out our prices(O)
    or...
    Be sure to check out(V) our prices(O)

    Which of these is correct?

    3. It(S) is(V) only because we were booked(C)
    or...
    It(S) is(V) only because we were booked(A)

    WHat about this?

    4. It(S) usually means(V) that you won't be going(O)

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    Re: Analysing Sentences (SVOCA)

    Please would someone respond to this post - I need all the help I can get.

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    Re: Analysing Sentences (SVOCA)

    It(S) makes(V)a big difference(O) in terms of time(A)
    No. While I concur that "in terms of time" is an adverbial adjunct, it still should not be assigned an A as far as your denotational system for clauses is concerned. Removing the adjunct will not affect grammaticality. In other words, the adverbial is optional and, as such, should not be assigned any symbol.
    Secondly, my opinion that "makes" is a copulative verb in your sentence seems to be corroborated by the fact that replacing it by 'is' will not, for want of a better turn of phrase, upset any applecarts.

    Be sure(V) to check out our prices(O)
    This is an SV, where "to check out..." is an adjective complement. S stands for the understood "you": You be sure....

    It(S) is(V) only because we were booked(C)
    This is not a well-formed sentence.

    It(S) usually means(V) that you won't be going(O)
    SVC; "means" = copula

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