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No, I don't. I know the Russian alphabet and some phrases though.
Thanks. I have several e-books about the syntax of the English language.
I found this online:
24— ‘they talked to the casino about what had happened’
‘Talk’ is a prepositional verb. When it has an object, the preposition ‘to’ must be put between the object and the verb. In the text, the object is the noun clause ‘what happened,’ but the verb can also have a noun phrase as its object as in “He wanted to talk to a good lawyer.”
about what had happened
in what appears
Do you see any similarities?
Can we say "what appears to be a gangland killing" is the object of the preposition "in"?
Look here too.
In class today, we talked about what Mr. Duncan expects in our next research essay.
About = preposition; what Mr. Duncan expects in our next research essay = noun clause or the object of the preposition.
So "what appears to be" is a noun clause functioning as an object of a preposition?
Here is what this source says:
She found fault in what he had asked her.
The clause "what he had asked her" is the
object of the preposition "in" in this sentence.
How about the sentence She - I think - is friendly. ?
I think is a separate clause. But it's an independent clause. So could be say that there is no function of I think?
"The category that is called ‘comment clauses’ belongs to stance adverbials as well. Comment clauses are primarily a spoken feature, being especially common in conversation. However, the expression it seems (and occasionally it appears) is used as a comment clause in the expository written registers.
For instance: Neither, it seems, does it believe in newfangled technology. In speech, they often have a parenthetic role, with “increased speed” and “decreased loudness”.
For example: The rest, I suppose, will never be known."
Why isn't what appears to be a stance adverbal as well?