Hello, I need help! This is my main sentence (analysed on the clause level):
It was claimed that only man could use language as a medium of communication.
So far I have this suggestion:
It - Anticipatory subject
was claimed - verb
that - direct object
only man - indirect object
could use - verb
language as a medium of communication - adverbial? subject predicative?
I am stuck. I suppose I am thrown by the length of the sentence.
And what happens if we put 'the' in the sentence?
It was claimed that only the man could use the language as a medium of communication.
I appreciate any help!
With anticipatory constructs the true subject (also known as the notional subject) comes after the verb:
Ex: That only Man could use language as a medium of communication was claimed (by...).It <subject>
was claimed <verb>
that ... <object; notional subject>