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    I don't understand this grammar

    I read someone say live your life the right way but I don't understand the grammar. Can someone please explain?

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    Re: I don't understand this grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by mawes12 View Post
    I heard read someone say: "Live your life the right way", but I don't understand the grammar. Can someone please explain it?
    This sentence is in the imperative mood.
    "Live" - bare infinitive.
    "your life" - object.
    "the right way" - adverbial phrase modifying "live."

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    Re: I don't understand this grammar

    I don't agree that "live" is an "infinitive". It is a main verb in the imperative mood with an implied subject "you".

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    Re: I don't understand this grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I don't agree that "live" is an "infinitive". It is a main verb in the imperative mood with an implied subject "you".
    Indeed, a sentence cannot be without a finite verb!
    Thanks Mike for pointing this out.

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    Re: I don't understand this grammar

    mawes, please note that a better title would have been Live your life the right way.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

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

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    Re: I don't understand this grammar

    Thanks everyone for your help. This site is really helpful.

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    Re: I don't understand this grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    This sentence is in the imperative mood.
    "Live" - bare infinitive.
    "your life" - object.
    "the right way" - adverbial phrase modifying "live."
    I Don't understand how is the right way an adverbial phrase. Can you explain it? And I just noticed should can go behind an imperative sentence.

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    Re: I don't understand this grammar

    It answers the question "how" after "live". That makes it an adverb.

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    Re: I don't understand this grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It answers the question "how" after "live". That makes it an adverb.
    So can way be an adverb?

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    Re: I don't understand this grammar

    In what sentence?

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