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    Default sentence pattern: SVCA or SVC?

    Dear teachers,

    What's the pattern of the following sentence, please? SVCA... or SVC ?

    Yesterday was the happiest day of the year for me.

    yesterday = subject
    was = intensive verb

    a) the happiest day = subject-related complement // of the year = adverbial of time (optional or obligatory ?) // for me = ?
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    b) the happiest day of the year for me = subject-related complement

    Can a subject-related complement be followed by an adverbial (obligatory or optional)?

    Many thanks,
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    Default Re: sentence pattern: SVCA or SVC?

    the happiest day of the year is a complemental NP, whose head, the happiest day, is internally complemented by the adnominal prepositional phrase of the year.

    The final prepositional phrase, for me, is essentially an adverbial postmodifier to the copula (which, i
    n Quirkian grammar, would probably be classified as a viewpoint subjunct).

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    Default Re: sentence pattern: SVCA or SVC?

    Hello, Philo2009

    So the pattern of My days in England were the happiest days of my life is:

    My days in England = subject
    were = copular verb
    the happiest days of my life = subject complement

    Could you please tell me how I can justify that "in England" and "of the year" are part of the subject or complement and not adverbials?
    Would you have examples where the subject complement is followed by an adverbial whether obligatory or optional?

    Many thanks,
    Hela

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    Default Re: sentence pattern: SVCA or SVC?

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    the happiest day of the year is a complemental NP, whose head, the happiest day, is internally complemented by the adnominal prepositional phrase of the year.

    The final prepositional phrase, for me, is essentially an adverbial postmodifier to the copula (which, i
    n Quirkian grammar, would probably be classified as a viewpoint subjunct).
    Pardon me but ... WHAT?! I'm fairly certain that even (some of) the native speakers here find that response absolutely impenetrable and, as such, unhelpful. This is not an episode of Mastermind where you score extra marks for long words or showing off your in-depth knowledge of a subject. Whilst I admit that the OP's question (and follow-up) was pretty advanced for this forum, there is a chance that other learners will be able to decipher it. I can't say the same for the response.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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