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    Default What is this?

    I don't really understand this sentence grammatically:

    Friends, who have been brought up on a diet of Hollywood movies where couples go off starry-eyed into the sunset, are still suspicious. "But how can you stand to marry someone you don't love?" they say.

    About "go off starry-eyed in to the sunset" is it:

    (a) go off into the sunset+(starry-eyed)=> a participle "starry eyed" to modify "go off into..."

    or

    (b) go off +(starry-eyed into the sunset)=> a participle "starry eyed into..." to modify "go off"

    ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    I don't really understand this sentence grammatically:

    Friends, who have been brought up on a diet of Hollywood movies where couples go off starry-eyed into the sunset, are still suspicious. "But how can you stand to marry someone you don't love?" they say.

    About "go off starry-eyed in to the sunset" is it:

    (a) go off into the sunset+(starry-eyed)=> a participle "starry eyed" to modify "go off into..."

    or

    (b) go off +(starry-eyed into the sunset)=> a participle "starry eyed into..." to modify "go off"

    ?
    As my grammar days are in the grey past of time - a). Go off into the sunset is a set phrase. Starry-eyed (break out paper towels not only Kleenex) explains how they go off. Does this make sense to you?

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    Default Re: What is this?

    starry-eyed, a past participle in form, functions as an adverb,

    Q: In what manner did they go off into the sunset?
    A: Starry-eyed. (Adverb)

    and it's also a sentential adverb:

    1. Starry-eyed, they go off into the sunset. (Sentence initial)
    2. They go off starry-eyed into the sunset. (Sentence medial)
    3. They go off into the sunset starry-eyed. (Sentence final)

    All the best, :D

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    Thank you all!

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    You're welcome. :D

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