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"Please, sit down".
Here, "sit down" is a phrasal verb.
Under which part of speech do we consider "down" in this sentence?
Thanks a lot.
Could you please explain, how it becomes an adverb?
Last edited by indian123; 18-Mar-2010 at 09:27.
1. nouns (adverbial objective)
2. prepositional phrases
By process of elimination, you will probably arrive at adverbs. Why can we rule out 'down' being a PP? Because there is either no prep or there is no complement. How about the noun interpretation?
i. I am going home.
ii. I am sitting down.
As you can see, your question is not as simple as it may seem at face value.
In i, the way I see the sentence, there is an omitted preposition:
I am going (to) home.
In ii, however, I can't imagine a preposition inserted like this:
I am siting (to) down.
Adverb is my answer to 'down' regarding its form. It is important to bear in mind that adverb is a notion related to form. Adverbial is the name for the functional counterpart.
Last edited by corum; 18-Mar-2010 at 10:12.
I am going slowly home.
I am going my home.
slowly seems to work but 'my' does not. Kewl! (I was just pursuing my thread of thought further)