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    Post somebody can analyze this sentence?

    Hello my dear friend.
    Somebody can analyze this sentence and what does it mean?
    I take things a step at a time

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    Re: somebody can analyze this sentence?

    not a teacher

    "A step at a time" or "One step at a time", both are common and mean the same thing.
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...step-at-a-time
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    Re: somebody can analyze this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by johncorter View Post
    Hello my dear friend. Unnecessary.

    Can somebody please
    analyze this sentence? What does it mean?

    I take things a step at a time. The sentence must end with a full stop (period).
    Please note the correct way to ask a question, and that a better title would have been I take things a step at a time.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: somebody can analyze this sentence?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Mr. Corter:

    In my OPINION, maybe we can parse your sentence like this:

    I = subject.
    take = verb.
    things = object.
    a step = a noun that is functioning as an adverb (SOME books call it an "adverbial objective.") It modifies the verb "take." That is, "I take things to the extent of a step at a time."
    at a time = prepositional phrase that modifes "a step."


    Please study this example from my book: "The package arrived the day before yesterday."

    The book parses it as:

    The package = subject.
    arrived = verb.
    the day = a noun that is functioning as an adverb, modifying the verb "arrived." [My note: The package arrived to the extent of the day before yesterday.]
    before yesterday = prepositional phrase that modifies " the day."

    *****

    "To take things a [one] step at a time." In my OPINION, to do something in an orderly, planned manner.



    If I want to be the president:

    1. I get a good education.
    2. I get elected to be the leader of my city.
    3. I then get elected to be the leader of my state.
    4. I then get elected to the parliament of my country.
    5. I then get an important job helping the president.
    6. Then I become the vice-president.
    7. Finally I become the president!


    James


    That book: Pence and Emery, A Grammar of Present-Day English (1963).
    Last edited by TheParser; 27-Sep-2014 at 17:12. Reason: wrong word

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