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    no verb in a sentence ...?

    " For millions of earlier immigrants in transit from their own cultures to American society so young that cultures barely had time to create itself, the movies became the substitute acculturation process"

    I don't understand the red phrase grammatically.. where is the verb? why is a gerund ( so young ) after a noun ( society)?

    Please help me out.. !

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    Re: no verb in a sentence ...?

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    " For millions of earlier immigrants in transit from their own cultures to American society so young that cultures barely had time to create itself, the movies became the substitute acculturation process"

    I don't understand the red phrase grammatically.. where is the verb? why is a gerund ( so young ) after a noun ( society)?

    Please help me out.. !
    I agree there are grammatical errors - perhaps in transcription. But the phrase in red is correct.
    However, there's no missing verb. I think it means something like this:
    "For millions of earlier immigrants in transit from their own cultures to American society at an age when they were so young that a culture barely had time to create itself for them, the movies became the substitute acculturation process."

    Another example of the problematic phrase:
    "He came to America so young he couldn't remember Russia at all."
    "He came to America when he was so young that he couldn't remember Russia at all."

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    Re: no verb in a sentence ...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I agree there are grammatical errors - perhaps in transcription. But the phrase in red is correct.
    However, there's no missing verb. I think it means something like this:
    "For millions of earlier immigrants in transit from their own cultures to American society at an age when they were so young that a culture barely had time to create itself for them, the movies became the substitute acculturation process."

    Another example of the problematic phrase:
    "He came to America so young he couldn't remember Russia at all."
    "He came to America when he was so young that he couldn't remember Russia at all."
    Not a teacher.

    There should be an "an." "An American society [that was] so young..."

    The "that was" is understood by the reader.

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    Re: no verb in a sentence ...?

    alright then.. what about the following sentence...

    " For a society so young that needed a lot of improvement in the social, cultural and economic aspects, it was left crippled and helpless, when almost active member was a candidate for graduation "

    same word order are found here.....? Wonder how can I explain this to my students.. They must be curious about the word order and grammar here..

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    Re: no verb in a sentence ...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    I don't understand it either. The text is missing certain words and marks. Can you rewrite it correctly?

    and..I double checked the text and found nothing different from my copy

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    Re: no verb in a sentence ...?

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    " For millions of earlier immigrants in transit from their own cultures to American society so young that cultures barely had time to create itself, the movies became the substitute acculturation process"

    I also read the red part to mean that American society was so young that culture didn't have time to be created.
    why is a gerund ( so young ) "so young" is not a gerund. after a noun ( society)?
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    Re: no verb in a sentence ...?

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    Then, why is the be-verb omitted ?

    And if " so young " is not a gerund, what is that??

    Please.

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    Re: no verb in a sentence ...?

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    Then, why is the be-verb omitted? You don't need a verb in that phrase. The red phrase is mostly a noun and adjectives. Verbs come later in the sentence.

    And if " so young " is not a gerund, what is that?? It's an adjective phrase modifying "American society".

    A gerund is a verb ending with 'ing' and serving as a noun.
    Walking is good exercise.

    Don't leave a space between words and punctuation marks.

    " so young "
    "so young"
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    Re: no verb in a sentence ...?

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    alright then.. what about the following sentence...

    " For a society so young that needed a lot of improvement in the social, cultural and economic aspects, it was left crippled and helpless, when almost active member was a candidate for graduation "

    same word order are found here.....? Wonder how can I explain this to my students.. They must be curious about the word order and grammar here..
    Same thing. There is an understood-by-the-reader phrase missing. For a society (that was) so young.

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    Re: no verb in a sentence ...?

    hi,

    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker.

    That's a long subject.

    For millions of earlier immigrants who were in transit from their own cultures to American society and were so young that cultures barely had time to create itself, the movies became the substitute acculturation process.

    I agree with Raymott, I think we have two phrases that modify earlier immigrants, and with wotcha that the be-verb are omitted.

    Cheers
    Last edited by Jaskin; 30-Jun-2010 at 02:28.

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