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    Advanced Question

    a) I fell unconscious on the floor. ('I fell on the floor' is still complete)
    b) She sat motionless on a chair. ('She sat on a chair' is still complete)

    Can I presume that the "fell" & "sat" above are quasi-copulas and "unconscious" & "motionless" subject complements plus adjuncts?

    c) The rope stretched my skin taut. ('The rope stretched my skin' is still complete)
    d) Let's paint the wall blue. ('Let's paint the wall' is still complete)

    May I say that "stretched" & "paint" above are ordinary verbs and "taut" & "blue" object complements plus adjuncts?
    (It is possible that object/subject complement and adjunct are not mutual exclusive.)

    I have noticed that in the pattern(verb + adjective), a state verb tends to function as quasi copula whereas an action verb remains as ordinary verb, not linking verb.

    Do you have someting to share with us?
    Thank you very much indeed.
    Last edited by panicmonger; 08-Nov-2010 at 18:15.

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    Re: Advanced Question

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    a) I fell unconscious on the floor. ('I fell on the floor' is still complete)
    b) She sat motionless on a chair. ('She sat on a chair' is still complete)

    Can I presume that the "fell" & "sat" above are quasi-copulas and "unconscious" & "motionless" subject complements plus adjuncts?

    c) The rope stretched my skin taut. ('The rope stretched my skin' is still complete)
    d) Let's paint the wall blue. ('Let's paint the wall' is still complete)

    May I say that "stretched" & "paint" above are ordinary verbs and "taut" & "blue" object complements plus adjuncts?
    (It is possible that object/subject complement and adjunct are not mutual exclusive.)

    I have noticed that in the pattern(verb + adjective), a state verb tends to function as quasi copula whereas an action verb remains as ordinary verb, not linking verb.

    Do you have someting to share with us?
    Thank you very much indeed.

    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********


    Panicmonger,


    My only contribution is to state that many months ago, we

    had a fascinating discussion about "They escaped unharmed."

    Most (not all) posters agreed that "escape" there is being used as a

    quasi-copula. As you pointed out with your examples,

    "They escaped" would be a perfectly correct sentence.

    If one adds "unharmed," then we can certainly say that

    it refers to "they." Furthermore, some people have made the most

    insightful observation that "unharmed" is actually almost

    adverbial. For example, one famous grammarian says that

    "tired" modifies the verb in:

    He came home tired.


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