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    #1

    what type of phrases are these:

    ex: "the rhythms of the mother's speech"
    type of phrase _NP_
    the det: article
    rhythms head: noun
    of....speech postmodifier: PP

    1. "guilty of serious crime"
    2. "the little girl next door"
    3. "about what you said"
    4. "a good reason why they failed us"

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    Re: what type of phrases are these:

    1. "guilty of serious crime" 'guilty' is an adverb. 'of serious crime' another adverb describing guilty. Together they make an adverbial phrase: He was found guilty of serious crime.
    2. "the little girl next door" 'next door' is a location. So here we have and adverb of location telling us more about the little girl. This a noun phrase, cf 'next door's little girl'
    3. "about what you said" about is a preposition. This is a PP adverbial: About what you said, can you say more?
    4. "a good reason why they failed us" 'reason' is a noun here. 'why they failed us' an appositive relative clause . 'a good reason why they failed us' is a noun: (A good reason why they failed us) is (they were drunk). Why they failed us? (A good reason ) is (they were drunk).

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    #3

    Re: what type of phrases are these:

    Quote Originally Posted by Pedroski View Post
    1. "guilty of serious crime" 'guilty' is an adverb.
    Of course 'guilty' is an adjective and 'guilty of serious crime' an adjectival phrase.
    He was found guilty of a serious crime. -- He was guilty and sad. Adjective.

    The little girl next door. -- 'next door' is not an adverb; it is an noun phrase, and it fulfills a determinative function. Which girl? Adverb is a word class, a word category, while adverbial is a functional term. Form and function. 'next door' is a noun phrase irrespective of what surrounds it in the sentence of which it is a part.

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    #4

    Re: what type of phrases are these:

    • the rhythms of the mother's speech = noun phrase


    • the rhythms = noun phrase
      • the = det
      • rhythms = head noun


    • of the mother's speech = prep phrase
      • of = prep
        • the = det
        • mother's = poss. noun
        • speech = noun



    What are your answers for these?

    1. "guilty of serious crime"
    2. "the little girl next door"
    3. "about what you said"
    4. "a good reason why they failed us"

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