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    classifying words and phrases

    Can you help me with the following sentence:

    I lived with my parents Paco and Javi in a big old flat.



    I = subject
    lived = past form of to live
    with my parents = prepositional phrase
    my = modifies the noun parents
    in a big old flat = prepositional phrase
    big,old = modifiers of the noun flat


    how do I classify the information "Paco and Javi"

    is my parents modifying the nouns Paco and Javi?

    any help would be greatly appreciated

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    #2

    Re: classifying words and phrases

    This is a bit confusing. Should you describe the sentence in terms of syntactic constituents (subject, predicate, adverbial...) or word classes (noun, verb, pronoun...) and phrases (noun phrase, prepositional phrase...) or both? If both, you may need more than one label for each word and different levels of analysis.

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    Re: classifying words and phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by kobeobie View Post
    Can you help me with the following sentence?

    I lived with my parents Paco and Javi in a big old flat.

    I = subject
    lived = past form of to live
    with my parents = prepositional phrase
    my = modifies the noun parents
    in a big old flat = prepositional phrase
    big, old = modifiers of the noun flat


    How do I classify the information "Paco and Javi"?

    is Does "my parents" modifying the nouns Paco and Javi?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    In addition to miwalk's response, please see the amendments I have made to your post. Please remember to start every new sentence with a capital letter.

    Out of curiosity, aren't "Paco" and "Javi" both men's names? I was just surprised to see them described as "my parents".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: classifying words and phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post

    Out of curiosity, aren't "Paco" and "Javi" both men's names?
    So are Elton and David, ems, and they have a son.

    Rover

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    Re: classifying words and phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    So are Elton and David, ems, and they have a son.

    Rover
    That's true but, as yet, I don't believe that legally that child can call them "my parents". Technically, only one of them is his parent. Fingers crossed that soon such outdated views/legalities will be history but for now ...

    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: classifying words and phrases

    Thanks for the help,I really appreciate the explanations that have been posted in response to my question as well as the correction of my punctuation errors .I'm terrible with punctuation.

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    Re: classifying words and phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by kobeobie View Post
    Thanks for the help, I really appreciate the explanations that have been posted in response to my question as well as the correction of my punctuation errors. I'm terrible with punctuation.
    Far be it from me to agree with your final sentence but apart from the final full stop, there was an error with all the punctuation in your post!

    No, wait, I'm sorry - that's not true - the apostrophe was correct. That is something many native English speakers/writers have problems with so well done!

    Simple rule: most punctuation comes directly after the preceding word and is followed by a space.

    It's not true of absolutely all punctuation (like the apostrophe) but it works for the full stop, the comma, the question mark, the exclamation mark, the colon, the semi-colon. Double-ended punctuation marks (quotation marks, brackets) do not follow the same rule but do have a simple rule of their own - space at either end, no space directly inside.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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