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    hela is offline Senior Member
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    Default How to recognise the immediate constituents ?

    Dear teachers,

    Would you please help me find the constituents of the following sentences ?

    1) Thirty major corporations had made billions of dollars in profits

    thirty...corporations = subject
    had made = verb
    billions of dollars in profits = complement
    OR
    billions of dollars = complement
    in profits = ???

    2) Twenty-six
    of the 30 companies continued to enjoynegative federal income tax rates.
    twenty...companies = subject
    continued to enjoy = transitive verb ?
    negatjve...rates = direct object

    What are the parts of speech of "continued to enjoy", please?

    Thank you for your help.
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    Default Re: How to recognise the immediate constituents ?

    What are the parts of speech of "continued to enjoy", please?
    continued - a verb
    to - a particle
    enjoy - a verb


    In the sentence "
    Twenty-six
    of the 30 companies continued to enjoy negative federal income tax rates"

    continued is the predicate and to enjoy is the object of the verb.

    As to "
    in profits", I suppose it is an adverbial modifier of place.
    Last edited by sergeyrais; 07-Dec-2012 at 22:43. Reason: font correction

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