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    grammar from a newspaper

    i am reading an article from a newspaper NZ herald,and i encounter English cufusion to this passage.
    "Te Kawau would never have predicted the long decline in fortunes that would beset his people following their signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and inviting Hobson to set up his capital."

    I want to know:
    1. is "that would be beset people" a defining relative clause, and does it modify the word "fortunes".

    2. is "following their signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and inviting Hobson to set up his capital." a adjective phrase, and does it modify the noun" his people".

    I am very confused. I would appreciate your advises.

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    Re: grammar from a newspaper

    Not a teacher.

    1. "that would be beset people" modifies "decline." The decline would beset the people. The decline in fortunes would beset the people.

    2. I believe the phrase is adverbial, also modifying "decline." The decline following their signing...

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    Re: grammar from a newspaper

    "following their signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and inviting Hobson to set up his capital" modifies the noun "people". is it?

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