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    The seven basic sentence patterns are: SV,SVO,SVC,SVA,SVOO,SVOC,SVOA.
    According to this,would you please help me identify the structure of the following sentences? Thank you!
    1.I just pretended that I hadn't heard anything.
    2.We didn't have a good time.
    3.I asked him to write me a letter if possible.
    4.I really owed a lot to him.

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    Default Re: to identify the structure of the following sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Grace-Ellen View Post
    The seven basic sentence patterns are: SV,SVO,SVC,SVA,SVOO,SVOC,SVOA.
    According to this,would you please help me identify the structure of the following sentences? Thank you!
    1.I just pretended that I hadn't heard anything.
    2.We didn't have a good time.
    3.I asked him to write me a letter if possible.
    4.I really owed a lot to him.
    4. I really owed a lot to him.
    I (S) really (adv) owed (V) a lot (O) to him (indirect O)
    (I'm assuming A is adverbial phrase).
    Why don't you have a go first with the others?

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    4.I really owed a lot to him.
    hello! I would say that to him is an object of the preposition. To have an indirect object you may say. I really owed him a lot. There you have the pattern S (A) V IO DO: I have written the adverbial between brackets because it an optional structure.

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    3.I asked him to write me a letter if possible.
    I (S) asked (V) him (ID) to write me a letter (DO)
    About if possible, I am not sure. probably it is an adverbial.

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    Default Re: to identify the structure of the following sentences

    1. SVO - whole "that" clause is to be considered as one constituent.
    2. SVO
    3. SV-IO-DO
    4. SVO - here I am not sure, it could be possibly just SV because verb own doesn´t require an object. But note that "really" though it is Adv it is not an obligatory clausal constituent therefore it doesn´t belong to sentence pattern.

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