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    Default Pls help me to explain this complicated sentence!

    Hi, everyone! I've no idea how to analysis this long, complicated sentence?

    What is the subject, object, complement or adverbial? What kind of clauses does it have?..................makes me crazy!

    Here is the sentence:

    "The Duchess! The Duchess!" he (the White Rabbit) muttered, "Oh, my dear paws! Oh, my fur and whiskers! She's going to get me executed! Where could I have dropped those things?"

    Is all the sentences inside the speech bubbles consider as Object? Pls tell....
    NO idea at all!
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    Default Re: Pls help me to explain this complicated sentence!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mag View Post
    Hi, everyone! I've no idea how to analysis this long, complicated sentence?

    What is the subject, object, complement or adverbial? What kind of clauses does it have?..................makes me crazy!

    Here is the sentence:

    "The Duchess! The Duchess!" he (the White Rabbit) muttered, "Oh, my dear paws! Oh, my fur and whiskers! She's going to get me executed! Where could I have dropped those things?"

    Is all the sentences inside the speech bubbles consider as Object? Pls tell....
    NO idea at all!
    Mag
    In my opinion, all of the quotations are objects of the verb "muttered". That said, the last two quotations are complete sentences in and of themselves.

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    Default Re: Pls help me to explain this complicated sentence!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In my opinion, all of the quotations are objects of the verb "muttered". That said, the last two quotations are complete sentences in and of themselves.
    Thanks for replying! But I still don't know how to start to do my assignment. Would you mind giving me more hints? What is the Subject, Object , any compliments here?
    By the way, do I need to analysis the last two quotations independently? Pls give me an answer. Thanks.

    If anyone is familiar to this complicated stuff, pls give me a hand!!
    Mag

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    Default Re: Pls help me to explain this complicated sentence!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mag View Post
    Thanks for replying! But I still don't know how to start to do my assignment. Would you mind giving me more hints? What is the Subject, Object , any compliments here?
    By the way, do I need to analysis the last two quotations independently? Pls give me an answer. Thanks.

    If anyone is familiar to this complicated stuff, pls give me a hand!!
    Mag
    Unfortunately, the answer depends on what your teacher pefers. I would diagram the separate sentences individually, since diagramming is usually done on a sentence level.

    Hint: Direct quotations that follow (in the same sentence) a verb such as said, uttered, remarked, etc. are direct objects of those transitive verbs.

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    Default Re: Pls help me to explain this complicated sentence!

    Hi, I feel it is like this
    Subject: The white rabbit
    Verb: muttered
    Object: utterances quoted

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    Default Re: Pls help me to explain this complicated sentence!

    Hi
    Just some comments:
    'The cat sat on the mat.' is a sentence because it has a verb (sat). The subject is cat and the object is mat. A clause is similar to a sentence but it lacks a verb. In your example:
    "The Duchess! The Duchess!" he (the White Rabbit) muttered, "Oh, my dear paws! Oh, my fur and whiskers! She's going to get me executed! Where could I have dropped those things?"
    it is a quote, which includes two sentences as well as clauses.
    Cheers
    David

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