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    Grammar!!

    Hello all,

    New to the forum! If this is in the wrong place then please tell me.

    I need some help. A student asked me to explain the grammatical structure of the following sentence:

    "For example, a local bank or a health care center my find that recognizing community celebrations, hiring members of neighborhood subgroups to serve as managers, and investing in local businesses and service providers all serve to reinforce allegiance to the brand."

    Am I right in thinking:
    SUBJECT: local bank/health care center
    VERB: may find
    OBJECT: community/ neighborhood subgroups/ local businesses/ brand are all the object.

    Are "recognizing", "hiring" gerunds as they follow the verb?

    Can anyone explain the grammatical structure (phrases) etc as I am no grammarian and really struggling with it.

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: Grammar!!

    Quote Originally Posted by echobelly View Post
    Hello all,

    New to the forum! If this is in the wrong place then please tell me.

    I need some help. A student asked me to explain the grammatical structure of the following sentence:

    "For example, a local bank or a health care center my find that recognizing community celebrations, hiring members of neighborhood subgroups to serve as managers, and investing in local businesses and service providers all serve to reinforce allegiance to the brand."

    Am I right in thinking:
    SUBJECT: local bank/health care center
    VERB: may find
    OBJECT: community/ neighborhood subgroups/ local businesses/ brand are all the object.

    Are "recognizing", "hiring" gerunds as they follow the verb?

    Can anyone explain the grammatical structure (phrases) etc as I am no grammarian and really struggling with it.

    Many thanks in advance.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning.

    (1) You have done a very nice job.

    (2) May I make just a few suggestions?

    (3) Your sentence basically says:

    A local bank or a health care center / may find/ that/ recognizing celebrations, hiring members, and investing/ serve/ to reinforce allegiance.

    (1) A local bank or a health care center. = subject. (Compound subject)

    (2) may find. = verb.
    (3) that = a conjunction that introduces a noun clause.
    (4) recognizing, hiring, and investing. = gerunds that form the subject of the noun clause.(The noun clause beginning with "that" and ending with "brand" is the object of "may find.")

    (5) serve. = the verb of the noun clause.

    (6) to reinforce allegiance. = infinitive phrase. Maybe (I'm NOT sure) the infinitive phrase serves as the direct object of "serve." That is: recognizing, hiring, and investing serve to do what? Answer: to reinforce allegiance to the brand.

    *****

    Many teachers and non-teachers here are delighted to help you parse (analyze) sentences. I think that if you post short and specific questions, you will receive fast answers. Good luck.


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    Re: Grammar!!

    Parser,

    Thank you for that. It is exactly what I needed.

    It has helped me no-end.

    Much appreciated, thank you for your time.

    Echo

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    Re: Grammar!!

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Maybe (I'm NOT sure) the infinitive phrase serves as the direct object of "serve."
    You were quite right to have doubts about this: although 'serve' certainly can be a transitive verb (as in 'serve coffee' or 'serve a customer'), it would plainly be absurd to interpret it as transitively governing an infinitive phrase, suggesting that the latter was either a person or some kind of food/drink item! The infinitive '(to) reinforce' here thus functions as an adverbial complement, specifying how/in what capacity the subject serves.

    Otherwise, a satisfactory analysis!
    Last edited by philo2009; 02-Apr-2010 at 04:55.

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    Re: Grammar!!

    Quote Originally Posted by echobelly View Post
    Parser,

    Thank you for that. It is exactly what I needed.

    It has helped me no-end.

    Much appreciated, thank you for your time.

    Echo
    Thank you for your kind note. I am glad that philo 2009 came to my rescue and explained the role of the infinitive phrase. Please remember that everyone here is looking forward to more of your questions. Have a nice day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    You were quite right to have doubts about this: although 'serve' certainly can be a transitive verb (as in 'serve coffee' or 'serve a customer'), it would plainly be absurd to interpret it as transitively governing an infinitive phrase, suggesting that the latter was either a person or some kind of food/drink item! The infinitive '(to) reinforce' here thus functions as an adverbial complement, specifying how/in what capacity the subject serves.

    Otherwise, a satisfactory analysis!
    Thank you for correcting me. I wanted the poster to have an informed answer. Thanks to you, he received one. I also learned to better understand the role of an infinitive as an adverbial complement.

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    Re: Grammar!!

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Thank you for correcting me. I wanted the poster to have an informed answer. Thanks to you, he received one. I also learned to better understand the role of an infinitive as an adverbial complement.

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