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    Buddhaheart is offline Member
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    Default Re: Please parse this sentence

    I got used to your being here.

    1. How would this sentence be parsed?

    A simple declarative statement (sentence) in which:
    I: the subject
    got: main verb
    used: adjective, characterizing the subject ‘I’
    to: preposition, joining the noun phrase ‘your being here’ to the adjective ‘used’
    your being here: noun phrase, object of the sentence
    your: pronoun
    being: gerund
    here: as an adjective (not adverb), modifying the gerund ‘being’. It’sused here for emphasis; as an adverb, modifying the verbal aspect of the gerund.

    2. Is 'used to' a prepositional verb? See 1. above.

    3. How does 'here', which is an adverb, modify 'being', which is a gerund (noun)? See 1. above.

    4. What if 'your' was replaced with 'you', would the object of 'to' be a fused participle of you and being? You can’t. It would become ungrammatical as ‘being’ is a gerund (verbal noun), it must be preceded by the possessive form of the pronoun ‘your’ and not ‘you’.

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    Default Re: Please parse this sentence

    (I) subject (got used to) idiomatic verbial phrase (your being there) what? direct object

    (getting used to) = process of becoming acquainted with or accepting

    I am getting used to this weather.

    I got used to having chicken every night.

    I'll never get used to this humidity.

    I got used to the new teacher within a week

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