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  1. sandyy
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    help me with this sentence structure

    "James thought everything was fine"
    Is this sentence is correct? If so how can both verbs "thought" and "was" are in past form? I think if we have two verbs in a sentence one verb must be in present or past and another must be in bare infinitive.

    "She got many remarks saying she was beautiful."

    How many clauses are there in this sentence? what is the object for this sentence and what is the parts of speech for word "saying"?


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    Re: help me with this sentence structure

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyy View Post
    "James thought everything was fine"
    Is this sentence is correct? Yes. If so how can both verbs "thought" and "was" are in past form? There are two clauses: the matrix clause (James thought) and the subordinate clause ((that) everything was fine), the object of the verb (thought). Two clauses, two verbs, two past tenses

    "She got many remarks saying she was beautiful."

    How many clauses are there in this sentence? Two. what is the object for this sentence of the verb and what is the parts of speech for word is "saying"? "saying" is a present participle in form and it is the head of the participle phrase, which complements "remarks".


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    Re: help me with this sentence structure

    Thanks you very much

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