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    Default Prepositional Phrase

    She made a lot of friends at her new school.

    Is "lot" the direct object in this sentence? And, is the prepositinal phrase "of friends" functioning adjectivally by modifying "lots"?

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    Default Re: Prepositional Phrase

    Neither is ''lot'' the direct object, nor does ''of friends'' modify ''lot''... :?
    And, why ?

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    Default Re: Prepositional Phrase

    She made five friends.

    She made many friends

    She make a lot of friends.

    (in this case, "a lot of" is just a quantity)

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    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    (in this case, "a lot of" is just a quantity)
    By all means!

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    Default Re: Prepositional Phrase

    Oops!
    I am wrong -

    It is:

    she/made/lot
    a/
    of / friends

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    Default Re: Prepositional Phrase

    Thank you for your replies, but I'm still left wondering about the sentence.

    She made a lot of friends.

    Are you saying that a-lot-of functions as one unit (sort of like an adjective: many friends)? If that is the case, then is friends the direct object?


    Okay, thank you. I think I just found what I was looking for. So, a lot of is informal, and one should avoid using it, instead use many.
    Last edited by Cooklava; 23-Jan-2008 at 00:27.

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    Default Re: Prepositional Phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by Cooklava View Post
    She made a lot of friends at her new school.

    Is "lot" the direct object in this sentence? And, is the prepositinal phrase "of friends" functioning adjectivally by modifying "lots"?

    I appreciate your help.
    I think the noun ‘friends’ or the noun phrase ‘a lot of friends’ is the DO (direct object) of ‘made’ and the prepositional phrase "of friends" functions adjectivally by modifying the substantive ‘a lot’.

    ‘A lot’ is formal; ‘lots’ is not and should be avoided in written English.

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    Default Re: Prepositional Phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by Cooklava View Post
    Thank you for your replies, but I'm still left wondering about the sentence.

    She made a lot of friends.

    Are you saying that a-lot-of functions as one unit (sort of like an adjective: many friends)? If that is the case, then is friends the direct object?


    Okay, thank you. I think I just found what I was looking for. So, a lot of is informal, and one should avoid using it, instead use many.
    As suggested, one might indeed look at ‘a lot of’ as one semantic unit (~ many) functioning grammatically as an attributive adjective of ‘friends’.

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