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    Question Function?

    That lovely old sailor's jacket was given to me by a man from Boston
    What's the function of the underlined chunck?
    Can it be an adverb of agency?.


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    Re: Function?

    Quote Originally Posted by aous02 View Post
    That lovely old sailor's jacket was given to me by a man from Boston
    What's the function of the underlined chunck?
    Can it be an adverb of agency?.

    a man from Boston - This is a noun phrase. In this grammatical context the noun phrase, "a man from Boston", is the "agent". The man from Boston performed the action of giving someone the lovely old sailor's jacket.

    by - The preposition "by" answers the question "how". The man from Boston caused someone to receive or obtain the sailor's jacket. That's how someone was able to obtain or receive the sailor's jacket.

    by - preposition
    a man from Boston - noun phrase, agent in a passive voice structure, object of the preposition "by"
    by a man from Boston - prepositional phrase

    agent: West's Encyclopedia of American Law (Full Article) from Answers.com

    Linguistics. The noun or noun phrase that specifies the person through whom or the means by which an action is effected.

    What is agent as a semantic role?

    In these example sentences, the agents are the boy and the dog.


    Examples (English)
    • The boy ran down the street.
    • He was chased by the dog.

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    Re: Function?

    Thanks very much,
    this was of great help to me.

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