Student or Learner
My professor told me in the final test of grammatical description
that look V + at the teacher PP which is quite weird
look at the teacher = Verb Phrase
at the teacher = Prepositional Phrase
to prove that it's a constituent I used several tests
Stand alone: What did Kim look? At the teacher
Clefting: It was at the teacher that Kim looked
Preposing: At the teacher was what Kim looked
Those seems strange, so does that 'at the teacher' is a PP
May I ask if these are really correct, as well as the statement that its a PP?
Thanks a lot!
Last edited by cescfabregas; 01-Dec-2013 at 03:31. Reason: elaboration
It's polite and much more useful if you use the full term of any ambiguous abbreviation at least once.
PP = present perfect, past perfect, present participle, past participle, prepositional phrase (apparently), and who knows what else.
This is an example of the correct way to deal with ambiguous abbreviations:
"My question relates to prepositional phrases (PP). I need to know if V + PP is possible." V is probably understand as 'verb' by most, but 'verb' is unambiguous and the same rule should apply.
Of course, you've made other errors too, but I think it's important to point out that 'PP' should not be used without explanation.
Now I will discuss your sentences.
Stand alone: What did Kim look? At the teacher. [At whom did Kim look? At the teacher. Or, informally, Who did the Kim look at?]
Clefting: It was at the teacher that Kim look. [It was at the teacher that Kim looked. Very clumsy sentence.]
Preposing: At the teacher was what Kim look. [At the teacher was where Kim looked. Very clumsy sentence.]