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    Question Is "in the sea" an adjective or adverb in "I love swimming in the sea"?

    In analyzing "I love swimming in the sea." , I came up with the following:

    I (Subject) + love (Verb) + swimming in the sea (gerund noun phrase as Object)

    My understanding is that the gerund noun phrase is made up by “swimming” as the head noun + prepositional phrase “in the sea” as the modifier.

    My question is:

    Is the prepositional modifier “in the sea”

    (1) an ADJECTIVE describing a NOUN, i.e. the kind of “swimming” I like?
    OR
    (2) an ADVERB describing WHERE I love to swim”

    Many thanks,
    donna

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    Re: Is "in the sea" an adjective or adverb in "I love swimming in the sea"?

    One could argue both, but I would take it as an adjective modifying "swimming". That would answer the question "what kind".

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