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  1. vickylyw
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    Katherine, so lovely that evening by the fountain, moonlight silvering her pale golden hair.

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    Smile Re: How can I find the verb in the sentence?

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    I believe the verb "to be" is missing because implied, the other one being "to silver".

    "Katherine, so lovely was that evening by the fountain, moonlight silvering her pale golden hair".

    Quite poetic!

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    Re: How can I find the verb in the sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by vickylyw View Post
    Katherine, so lovely that evening by the fountain, moonlight silvering her pale golden hair.
    Strictly speaking there is no verb here and you do not have a traditional clause.
    However, 'silvering' can be classified as 'verbal' or something like that (please confirm).
    Maybe you have here what they call a non-finite clause.

    Take a look at this thread:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...e-trouble.html

    PS Not a native speaker nor a grammarian

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    Re: How can I find the verb in the sentence?

    There is no MAIN verb in the phrase. It's all a giant noun phrase, in which the simple subject (or I suppose, it could be object) is Katherine. Everything else describes her.

    Silvering, however, is used a verb describing what the moonlight was doing to Katherine's hair.

    Compare it to something like this:
    The lake, silent and beautiful in the moonlight, the breeze gently rippling its surface.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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