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    Re: sentence analysis

    Thank you, Casiopea

    And what about this one ?

    They considered the sunny sandy beaches a property of theirs.

    Sentence elements:



    They = subject

    considered = transitive verb

    the sunny sandy beaches = direct object

    a property of theirs = object complement


    To say that a verb is transitive, complex transitive, intensive, etc, is it the NATURE of the verb / its GRAMMATICAL CLASS that we are giving? What do we call this analysis exactly ?

    Thanks a million,
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    Re: sentence analysis

    You parsed it correctly. Excellent!

    To say that a verb is transitive, complex transitive, intensive, etc, is it the NATURE of the verb / its GRAMMATICAL CLASS that we are giving? What do we call this analysis exactly ?
    Transitive refers to a verb's syntactic properties, structure. That is, it requires an object. 'complex transitive' is a new term for me. Does it mean di-transitive? If so, it refers to the verb's syntactic properties. 'intensive' refers to the verb's semantic properties, meaning.

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    Re: sentence analysis

    Dear Casiopea,

    A complex transitive verb is one that takes a direct object + an adverbial or a complement.

    So the words "intensive / copular / linking" do not mean exactly the same?
    When we say that a verb is a copular or linking verb we give its syntactic properties and when we say that it is an intensive verb we give its semantic properties; correct ?

    Do I have to use a comma after "sunny" or not ?

    See you,
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    Last edited by hela; 09-May-2005 at 11:28.

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    Re: sentence analysis

    Thanks:
    A complex transitive verb is one that takes a direct object + an adverbial or a complement.
    So the words "intensive / copular / linking" do not mean exactly the same?
    It depends. They carry different meanings for different people. 'copular', for example, could be used to refer only to forms of BE.

    What's your definition for 'intensive'?

    Do I have to use a comma after "sunny" or not ?
    Yes. Otherwise it's the 'sandy' that's sunny.

    sunny and sandy beaches => sunny, sandy beaches

    Note, a comma replaces an omitted word.

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    Re: sentence analysis

    I use "intensive" to refer to verbs which carry the same meaning as "be" and "become".

    What do you think of that sentence below:

    Sentence transformation :

    The great bird lay stubbornly misshapen on the floor.

    The great bird = subject
    lay = intransitive verb

    stubbornly misshapen = subject complement ? / adverbial of manner ?
    I know that it's only after a copular verb that we can have a subject complement, and this one is intransitive. What it is then?

    on the floor = adverbial of place

    Thank in advance,
    Hela
    Last edited by hela; 10-May-2005 at 07:06.

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