Is this an example of embedding: "I am so helpless that I feel numbed"? I read in a book that embedding is the inclusion of a linguistic unit in another linguistic unit & it is often when the phrase/clause has been rankshifted so that it forms part of an element in the superordinate clause, but I can't tell if the sentence quoted above is an example of embedding or not. Can you help me? According to the Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar, the examples below show embedding:
'The news that Cassandra announced was not encouraging'
'That she was gloomy was characteristic'
'They did not believe that they were doomed'
'She was gloomier than she normally was'
But I can't tell the difference between these examples & the one I've quoted above. Is there a difference between parenthesis and embedding? Thanks
Sentences that contain an embedded sentence are fairly easy to spot because they house more than one lexical verb. When that occurs, there is a main clause (or sentence) and one or more subordinate clauses (or embedded sentences). I've underlined the embedded clauses for you:
 The news that Cassandra announced was not encouraging.
=> Two verbs, announced and was
 That she was gloomy was characteristic.
=> Two verbs, "was" and "was".
 They did not believe that they were doomed.
=> Two verbs, "believe" and "were"
 She was gloomier than she normally was.
=> Two verbs, "was" and was"
 I am so helpless that I feel numb(ed).
=> Two verbs, "am", "feel".