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    Re: Preposition, adverb, and adjective

    Then what would you call 'below' in 'the sentence below'?

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    Re: Preposition, adverb, and adjective

    Adjective. It describes "sentence".

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    Re: Preposition, adverb, and adjective

    [QUOTE=Matthew Wai;1169290]
    'Above' can be used... as an adverb (without a following noun). [QUOTE]


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    Thank you for the link.

    Some grammarians would parse "above" as an adverb, for some grammarians believe that it is short for "the stars which are above."

    In such a sentence, many grammarians point out that "are" is not a linking verb. It means something like "to exist." (For example, Shakespeare's famous "To be or not to be.")

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    Re: Preposition, adverb, and adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by mawes12 View Post
    To Parser, this thread is about preposition's connection with adjective and adverb in case you didn't know.


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    Thank you for your note.

    I had worked very hard to find that information.

    I apologize that I misunderstood what you wanted.

    From now on, I shall not bother you with my humble comments.

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    Re: Preposition, adverb, and adjective

    It makes little sense to me to rewrite a sentence and then parse the words as if it were the original.

    In "To be or not to be", "to be" is not a verb at all; it is an infinitive.

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    Re: Preposition, adverb, and adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    Thank you for your note.

    I had worked very hard to find that information.

    I apologize that I misunderstood what you wanted.

    From now on, I shall not bother you with my humble comments.
    I love your infos though so if you want you can keep on.
    Last edited by mawes12; 09-Jul-2015 at 03:27.

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    Re: Preposition, adverb, and adjective

    "Above" might also be an adjectival post modifier so both might be right.

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    Re: Preposition, adverb, and adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In "To be or not to be", "to be" is not a verb at all; it is an infinitive.
    Even though it is an infinitive, to me they have the same meaning/definition but one is acting like a verb and the other is acting like a noun.

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    Re: Preposition, adverb, and adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I found an example which seems to agree with TheParser's post.
    'Above can be used... as an adverb (without a following noun): She stared up at the stars above.'── quoted from http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d.../british/above (boldface in red is mine)

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    She stared [up] [at the stars] [above].

    1. She stared [up].
    2. She stared [at the stars].
    3. She stared [above].

    Well, my guess is that those words in brackets function adverbially - they all modify the verb 'stared'.

    I'm not a grammarian!

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    Re: Preposition, adverb, and adjective

    I don't think 'above' modifies 'stared', which is already modified by 'up', but I am not a teacher.

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