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    piercy is offline Newbie
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    Default I need a help

    who can say to me , why this sentence is right?
    The good looking man standing by the door is my boyfriend.
    I do not understand the verb.
    thank you

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    Default Re: I need a help

    Quote Originally Posted by piercy View Post
    who can tell me why this sentence is right?
    The good-looking man standing by the door is my boyfriend.
    I do not understand the verb.
    Thank you.
    "Good-looking" is an adjective describing the man. "Standing by the door" describes him further. Which man is her boyfriend? The good-looking one who is standing by the door.

    The verb in the sentence is "is." With all the modifiers removed, the sentence is: "The man is my boyfriend."

    Does that help?

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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    Default Re: I need a help

    The good-looking man (who is standing by the door) is my boyfriend.

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    Default Re: I need a help

    Yeap!

    It's to do with relative clauses.

    Good-looking = handsome.

    "standing by the door" - is a defining relative clause where the relative pronoun ;who/that (+ "is") have been removed.

    "by the door" ---> means; next to, beside.

    so the whole complete sentence would be;

    The good-looking man (who/that is) standing by the door is my boyfriend.

    We use the relative clauses much like adjectives to provide extra information about the noun.

    The man = noun
    who is standing by the door = relative clause (acts like an adjective)

    Two separate sentences would be;

    There's a good-looking man standing by the door.
    The man is my boyfriend.
    Last edited by Luizao; 24-Feb-2009 at 13:20.

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    Default Re: I need a help

    Note:
    The word "help" is a noncount noun.
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