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    ate is under V

    My Question is, if the sentence like this: the dog is eating the bone

    then do i have to put 'is' and 'eating' under the same branch i.e. V or do i need to split it up? if so how to do it?

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    S is called TP nowadays.
    is would go in T as the head of TP.

    eating in V.

    NP is regarded as DP, just that sometimes there is no overt D. NP is the complement of D

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    i still don't quite understand...

    so S is called TP.. but what is TP stand for...

    Say, if we are still using the old acronyms, where do we put 'is' (as you mentioned 'eating' would be put under V)

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    TP is the category Tensed Phrase. It assigns tense. Eating is tensless, which is why 'The dog (is) *eating the bone' is ungrammatical without the auxiliary.
    If you stay with S, then you need two VPs. 'is' the head of the first one, taking as its complement another VP with eating as its head.

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