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    analyze the sentence

    Read the sentence below:
    Bats, balls, and gloves arrived in cloth sacks from friends back home.
    What part of speech of the red word?
    What kind of phrase of the underline phrase?
    thanks,

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    Re: analyze the sentence

    Not a teacher.

    I believe "back home" in this case is a prepositional phrase, acting as an adjective. Which friends? The ones back home.

    Another wording would be "from friends at home" or "from friends from home."

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    Re: analyze the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Not a teacher.

    I believe "back home" in this case is a prepositional phrase, acting as an adjective. Which friends? The ones back home.

    Another wording would be "from friends at home" or "from friends from home."
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, SoothingDave.

    (1) Just to thank you for your great analysis.

    (2) I have been fruitlessly looking in my books and on the Web for a

    good explanation of "back home," so I was delighted to find your post.

    (3) May I tweak it just a tiny bit?

    (4) I think the "full" sentence is something like:

    The gifts arrrived from friends [who are] back at home.

    (a) at home = prepositional phrase that modifies are.

    (b)back = adverb that modifies at home.

    (c)back home = an adverbial phrase (minus at for idiomatic

    reasons) that -- as you pointed out -- is being used in an

    adjectival sense to modify friends (because we have deleted

    who are).

    (5) Thanks again for putting me on the right track. I always learn

    so much from your posts

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    Re: analyze the sentence

    Thank you for the kind words. I try to help when I can, I find the subject interesting, though I am an amateur.

    I don't know if "back" is an adverb, but it is interesting how you can unravel the shorthand we sometimes say that must seem mystifying to others.

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