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    analyze sentence

    Please read this sentence:
    The safe houses and secret hiding places known to the conductors were called "stations" and "depot," after railway stations and railway depot.
    Would you please analyze this sentence in grammar?
    What is the underline part named?
    Thanks,
    Last edited by hitinvo; 25-Jun-2010 at 00:58.

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    Re: analyze sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by hitinvo View Post
    Please read this sentence:
    The safe houses and secret hiding places known to the conductors were called "stations" and "depot," after railway stations and railway depot.
    Would you please analyze this sentence in grammar?
    What is the underline part named?
    Thanks,
    I'd call it an adjectival phrase. The clue is in the first word 'known'. This is the past participle of "know", and as you know, adjectives can be made from participles.

    Which safe house and hiding places?
    The known ones. The ones known to the conductors. [adjective + prepositional phrase = adjectival phrase]

    It can also be read as "the houses and places which were known to the conductors." if that helps you.

    Here are some more examples:
    The prizes given to the students were expensive.
    The sentence handed down by the judge seemed excessive.
    In each case, the phrase qualifies the subject noun, so it's adjectival.


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    Re: analyze sentence

    would you please tell me how to use adj phrase in the sentence? (position, structure, when)

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    Re: analyze sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by hitinvo View Post
    would you please tell me how to use adj phrase in the sentence? (position, structure, when)
    You use it after the noun you want to qualify.

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