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    Analizing a simple sentence.

    In this simple sentence, ( I paid attention), is attention a noun or is it giving more details about the verb? Thank you.
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    Re: Analizing a simple sentence.

    I would consider "to pay attention" as a phrasal verb.

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    Re: Analizing a simple sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I would consider "to pay attention" as a phrasal verb.
    Don't phrasal verbs consist of prepositions or adverbs?

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    Re: Analizing a simple sentence.

    I don't know. It seems strange to me to think of "attention" as a direct object of the verb "pay" in this kind of use. That's the other way I would try to analyze it.

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    Re: Analizing a simple sentence.

    Hi, I really agree with Bennevis because from what I've learned, phrasal verbs are verbs and "particles"-prepositions or adverbs. I"d say that pay attention is an idiom; however, I don't know how to classify the word attention. Would it be possible that pay in this phrase would a copula/linking verb and, therefore, attention would be a complement? Just a try M&L

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    Re: Analizing a simple sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikelynn View Post
    I"d say that pay attention is an idiom;


    Quote Originally Posted by mikelynn View Post
    Would it be possible that pay in this phrase would a copula/linking verb and, therefore, attention would be a complement? Just a try M&L
    Nope. Object.

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    Re: Analizing a simple sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It seems strange to me to think of "attention" as a direct object
    Why?

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    #8

    Re: Analizing a simple sentence.

    I cannot see any problem here. I paid attention - subject, transitive verb, direct object.

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