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    Can you produce two tree diagrams from one sentence? If so how does that work

    If a sentence is ambiguous I know you can basically paraphrase and get two meanings for example the sentence

    Visiting friends can be boring.

    This can mean that visiting a friend can be boring or friends that visit (you) can be boring.


    However if I wanted to do 2 tree's without using the paraphrase how can I do that? I mean is it possible?

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    Re: Can you produce two tree diagrams from one sentence? If so how does that work

    Visiting friends can be boring.

    I-Friends who visit [others] can be boring

    Visiting friends can be boring.
    Visiting friends = Subject
    Can be= Verb Phrase
    Boring= Complement

    Visiting friends = Noun Phrase
    Friends= Head noun,,,,,,, visiting = pre-modifier

    II-For one to visit friends can be boring. (i.e. visiting itself is boring)

    Visiting friends = Subject
    Visiting friends = Noun clause
    Visiting = Verb (Subject deleted)
    Friends = Object

    Can be = Verb phrase
    Boring = Complement

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    Re: Can you produce two tree diagrams from one sentence? If so how does that work

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammed Abu Risha View Post
    Visiting friends can be boring.

    I-Friends who visit [others] can be boring

    Visiting friends can be boring.
    Visiting friends = Subject
    Can be= Verb Phrase
    Boring= Complement

    Visiting friends = Noun Phrase
    Friends= Head noun,,,,,,, visiting = pre-modifier

    II-For one to visit friends can be boring. (i.e. visiting itself is boring)

    Visiting friends = Subject
    Visiting friends = Noun clause
    Visiting = Verb (Subject deleted)
    Friends = Object

    Can be = Verb phrase
    Boring = Complement

    Thank you I have another question. I seems that in one of the tree diagrams I would be starting out with a Adj because one meanining is describing the friends. Is this possible. I hope I am clear...

    ETA: It does not appear to possible.
    Last edited by Bmack; 09-Mar-2008 at 23:04.

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    Re: Can you produce two tree diagrams from one sentence? If so how does that work

    Yes your question is clear.

    In fact some people would start with the adjective. As for me, I follow the pattern through which I divide the sentence into Subject, Verb, Object, etc. then I move down to the detials of every constituent.

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    Re: Can you produce two tree diagrams from one sentence? If so how does that work

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammed Abu Risha View Post
    Yes your question is clear.

    In fact some people would start with the adjective. As for me, I follow the pattern through which I divide the sentence into Subject, Verb, Object, etc. then I move down to the detials of every constituent.

    I did do one where is starts with an adj. However in another sentence, I am assuming a verb would start off the sentence. The problem with that is that VPs seem to only occur on the right not left.

    I have for the one I did not construct.
    V N Aux Aux V( not too sure with this though)
    Visiting friends can be boring

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