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    Need help with analysis

    Hello

    I need to analyse a sentence:

    "Do you mind if I go first".

    I think the Do = an auxilliary verb and the you is the subject of the sentance. the 'mind will be the main verb.
    But then what is the "if I go first part". Is "I" the subject and go- what type of verb is this?

    I will really appreciate your help.
    Thanks


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    Re: Need help with analysis

    You don't really need help, your analysis is correct.
    "if I go first" is a subordinate clause, with "I" as subject and "go" as verb, "first" as adverb."

    Try a more complex form with the same meaning:
    Would you mind if I were to go first?
    Would you mind if I went first?
    In these cases, we'd have "go" in the subjunctive. There are only a few traces of the subjunctive in modern English, but it does crop up from time to time.


    regards
    baqarah


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    Re: Need help with analysis

    Hi Baqarah,

    Can I assume that "if I go first" is an adverbial clause since it answers the question "go when?"

    Regards


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    Re: Need help with analysis

    The way I learned that structure, it's a noun clause, object of the verb "mind."

    cheers
    edward

    Quote Originally Posted by sharanbr View Post
    Hi Baqarah,

    Can I assume that "if I go first" is an adverbial clause since it answers the question "go when?"

    Regards

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    Re: Need help with analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by sharanbr View Post
    Hi Baqarah,

    Can I assume that "if I go first" is an adverbial clause since it answers the question "go when?"

    Regards
    ĎIfí functions principally as a conjunction and as a noun. Itís not an adverb and canít form an adverbial clause. Itís more a subordinating conjunction that joins a clause (if I go first) to another ( Do you mind) on which it depends for its full meaning. It may further be classified as a conjunction of condition when according to its meaning.


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    Re: Need help with analysis

    thanks


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    Re: Need help with analysis

    Dear Sarah,

    You have a complex sentence here. The independent clause you already understand. The subordinate clause: "if I go first." "I" is the subject, "go" the verb (first person singular of the verb "to go") and "first" is an adverb. That leaves "if," the subordinating conjunction that links one clause to the other.

    Problem solved?

    Sue

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