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    cracked open

    He cracked open a gourd, dipped his finger in the liquid, and made a special mark on the infant's forehead.

    I am confused about the function of speech of the words "cracked" and "open" in the sentence above.

    Please help me with this.

    Please tell me if there are any errors in my post.

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    Re: cracked open

    Would you please answer this question.

    Thanks!

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    Re: cracked open

    A "resulting copula" with idiomatic adj complement.
    other examples: spring open, slam shut.

    source: CGEL p.1172
    Last edited by ptetpe; 12-Aug-2009 at 08:07.

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    #4

    Re: cracked open

    I thought we can't modify the verbs with adjective, as in this example.


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    #5

    Re: cracked open

    "He opened it by cracking it."

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    Re: cracked open

    So, I can say:

    I cracked open some fresh eggs every morning. - Is this correct?

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    Re: cracked open

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    So, I can say:

    I cracked open some fresh eggs every morning. - Is this correct?
    http://www.learnersdictionary.com/search/crack[1]


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    Re: cracked open

    Quote Originally Posted by ptetpe View Post
    A "resulting copula" with idiomatic adj complement.
    other examples: spring open, slam shut.

    source: CGEL p.1172
    A gourd was cracked open.

    What is the copula in this sentence, IYO?
    -------
    The sun shone bright.

    What does 'bright' do here?

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    Re: cracked open

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    A gourd was cracked open.

    What is the copula in this sentence, IYO?
    -------
    The sun shone bright.

    What does 'bright' do here?
    I believe we are using the same grammar book and I can add no more than what Quirk has said on p.737,where you took the sample sentence from.

    Sorry, mate. out of my depth.
    Last edited by ptetpe; 13-Aug-2009 at 10:42.


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    Re: cracked open

    Quote Originally Posted by ptetpe View Post
    I believe we are using the same grammar book and I can add no more than what Quirk has said on p.737,where you took the sample sentence from.

    Sorry, mate. out of my depth.
    Hands on heart I did not take the example sentences from there. Besides, I cannot find them there.


    Quote Originally Posted by ptetpe View Post
    out of my depth.
    So am I.

    A gourd was cracked open. -- In this sentence the copula is 'was' in my opinion. What is 'cracked open' then? 'cracked open' is an adjectival idiom which has unitary meaning.

    (these ideas were not taken from CGEL)

    The sun shone. -- not a copular use of shone
    The sun shone bright -- copular use to describe the sun
    The sun shone brightly -- no copular use; brightly describes action

    You agree?

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