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    Default syntactically speaking

    In the sentence :

    She was born a slave in 1849 and fled to the north, where she joined the Underground Railroad

    she= subjective personal pronoun
    was= helping verb
    born= main verb
    a = Adjective
    slave= noun, common, countable, concrete, non-collective
    in = preposition
    1849 = noun
    and = conjuction
    fled action verb
    to = preposition
    the =definite article
    North, = noun, commom, abstract???, non-countable, non-collective
    where = Adverb of place
    she = subjective personal pronoun
    joined = action verb
    the = definite article
    Underground Railroad = Proper noun

    HELP ME PLEASE is there any other mistake????
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    Default Re: syntactically speaking

    Sorry that I didn't reply sooner.

    This all looks good to be, but it is not syntax. Your terms are the terms of morphology.

    Still, it all looks good.

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    Default Re: syntactically speaking

    I meant "to me".

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    Default Re: syntactically speaking

    A few comments and observations which may be of help:

    born= main verb
    Actually a simple participle. I would avoid calling this (the "focus", if you will, in semantic terms) a 'main verb', which is a term traditionally reserved to label the finite verbal element of a clause (here the preceding auxiliary 'was').

    a = Adjective
    Articles are among a wide range of forms that were formerly (i.e. in previous centuries!) classified as adjectives. A more normal classification for 'a' and 'the' would be 'article', although articles are generally now subsumed under the more general syntactic heading of 'determiner'.


    slave= noun, ... concrete
    Yes, but be aware that 'abstract/concrete' is not a grammatical classification!


    1849 = noun
    Well, yes, but only in the sense that it is elliptical for 'the year 1849'.

    where = Adverb of place
    Yes, but to be more precise, relative adverb.

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