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  1. Newbie
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    analysis

    My attempt at describing/analysing each word in the sentence below follows, below it-please complete it. Thanks.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    The ploughman homeward plods his weary way.

    1-Def art pointing out noun 2
    2 noun sing. masc. nom to 4
    3 adverb/object ??
    4 reg. verb intans(?)
    5

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    Re: analysis

    • The ploughman homeward plods his weary way.

        • Meaning, a weary ploughman is plodding his way homeward.




    1-Def art pointing out noun 2
    2-noun sing. masc. nom to 4 <SUBJECT>
    3-adverb/object ??
    <Hint: If you move it to the end of the sentence, does it change the meaning of the sentence? If it doesn't, then it's an adverb modifying the verb 'plods'

    Note also, the pause (---) here tells us that 'homeward' functions as a unit with 'plod', not with 'ploughman':

    The ploughman---homeward plods
    The ploughman homeward---plods :cross

    Lastly, this source says 'homeward' functions as an adverb in this example:

    "homeward": "The plougman homeward plods his weary way.">
    4-reg. verb intans(?) <Hint: can you passivize it, like this, the weary way was plodded? If so, then plod is transitive.>


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    A poetic line from Gray admits of the following twenty-eight variations without changing the accent:


    The weary ploughman plods his homeward way,
    The ploughman, weary, plods his homeward way,
    His homeward way the weary ploughman plods,
    His homeward way the ploughman weary plods,
    The weary ploughman homeward plods his way,
    The ploughman, weary, homeward plods his way,
    His way, the weary ploughman homeward plods,
    His way, the ploughman, weary, homeward plods,
    The ploughman, homeward, plods his weary way,
    His way the ploughman, homeward, weary plods,
    His homeward weary way the ploughman plods,
    Weary, the ploughman homeward plods his way,
    Weary, the ploughman plods his homeward way,
    Homeward, his way the weary ploughman plods,
    Homeward, his way the ploughman, weary, plods,
    Homeward, his weary way, the ploughman plods,
    The ploughman, homeward, weary plods his way,
    The ploughman, weary, homeward plods his way,
    His weary way, the ploughman homeward plods,
    His weary way, the homeward ploughman plods,
    Homeward the plowman plods his weary way,
    Homeward the weary ploughman plods his way,
    The weary ploughman, his way, homeward plods,
    The ploughman, weary, his way homeward plods,
    The ploughman plods his weary, homeward way,
    Weary, the ploughman, his way homeward plods,
    Weary, his homeward way the ploughman plods.

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    Re: analysis

    So the verb is trans weary way is the object and hoewars is an adverb

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