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    Default Please check out my tree diagram. I am not sure what to do next

    Harry saw the people with a telescope. I am not sure what to do with a. Would it be a PP or is it considered an auxiliary verb or an indefinite article: a house a car. just help me get a clue please.

    ......S
    ....../\
    ..np ..vp
    ..... /\
    Harry.. V np
    ...........saw /\
    ..........Np pp
    ............/\
    ...the people P Np
    .....................with /\
    ..........................det N
    ..............................|..... |
    .............................a ....telescope

    I am not sure I am even right.
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    Default Re: Please check out my tree diagram. I am not sure what to do next

    Here is my suggestion:
    Harry saw the people with a telescope

    Harry= Subject (Noun Phrase)
    Saw= verb
    The people = Object (Noun Phrase)
    With a telescope = Adverbial (prepositional Phrase)


    Object: The people (noun Phrase)
    The= Determiner
    People = Head Noun

    Adverbial: With a telescope (prepositional Phrase)
    With = Preposition
    A telescope = Noun Phrase
    A= Determiner ,,,,,, telescope = Head Noun

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    Wink Re: Please check out my tree diagram. I am not sure what to do next

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammed Abu Risha View Post
    Here is my suggestion:
    Harry saw the people with a telescope

    Harry= Subject (Noun Phrase)
    Saw= verb
    The people = Object (Noun Phrase)
    With a telescope = Adverbial (prepositional Phrase)


    Object: The people (noun Phrase)
    The= Determiner
    People = Head Noun

    Adverbial: With a telescope (prepositional Phrase)
    With = Preposition
    A telescope = Noun Phrase
    A= Determiner ,,,,,, telescope = Head Noun

    Thanks! I see, I have to break down " the people into Det, and N. So that would be NP-det,N

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    Default Re: Please check out my tree diagram. I am not sure what to do next

    Quote Originally Posted by Bmack View Post
    Thanks! I see, I have to break down " the people into Det, and N. So that would be NP-det,N
    Exactly :)

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    Default Re: Please check out my tree diagram. I am not sure what to do next

    Quote Originally Posted by Bmack View Post
    Harry saw the people with a telescope. I am not sure what to do with a. Would it be a PP or is it considered an auxiliary verb or an indefinite article: a house a car. just help me get a clue please.

    ......S
    ....../\
    ..np ..vp
    ..... /\
    Harry.. V np
    ...........saw /\
    ..........Np pp
    ............/\
    ...the people P Np
    .....................with /\
    ..........................det N
    ..............................|..... |
    .............................a ....telescope

    I am not sure I am even right.
    Clue: If /a/ heads a determiner phrase, as you've guessed, what does the previous word head? Think of the phrase structure rules.

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