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    Intepreting a sentence

    "The mess society is in today starts with people who don't like themselves."

    It seems that there are two verbs predicates in this sentence - is and start. Is it wrong? I saw it in a book so I doubt if it is a typo, or am I wrong?

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    Re: Intepreting a sentence

    The subject of the entire sentence is "The mess society is in today."
    The verb for this subject is "starts."

    The mess starts...
    Which mess? The mess society is in today.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Intepreting a sentence

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) May I respectfully suggest that it might be a little easier to understand that sentence if you (mentally) add the missing "that":


    The mess (that society is in today) + starts + with people (who don't like themselves).

    As you can see, the basic sentence is simply: The mess + starts + with people.

    As Barbara told us, the complete subject is "The mess that society is in today."



    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Re: Intepreting a sentence

    Great! I messed up the word mess and messy. I thought 'mess' was an adjective, but it was a noun in this sentence.
    Thank you both!

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