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    How to parse the 2nd Amendment.

    How is the 2nd Amendment be parsed?

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    Re: How to parse the 2nd Amendment.

    A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.


    Here's a similar structure:

    "A well-schooled electorate, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and read Books, shall not be infringed."

    "A well-schooled electorate" is a nominative absolute.

    "being necessary to the security of a free State" is a participial phrase modifying "electorate".

    The subject (a compound subject) of the sentence is "the right of the people".

    "shall not be infringed" is a verb phrase, with "not" as an adverb modifying the verb phrase "shall be infringed".

    "to keep and read books" is an infinitive phrase modifying "right".

    Source: http:/www.mcsm.org/english.html

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