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    Grammar

    Hello Everyone,
    I couldn't wait for future to ask questions:), so I am gonna post questions regarding two sentences I saw written somewhere.

    1- She looked out the window, mooning (daydreaming).

    How the word "mooning" in the above sentence is functioning, as; noun, verb, or as an adverbial phrase describing the independent clause "she looked out the window.."?

    2- Wipe that smile off your face!

    What do you all think about "off" functioning as a preposition, or it's part of the phrasal verb "wipe off"? Cheers:)!

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    Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Babarbutt View Post
    I am gonna post questions regarding two sentences I saw written somewhere.
    Learners expect to see standard English in this forum, except when the question is about slang, so we ask members to avoid such informal written English as 'gonna'.

    1- She looked out the window, mooning (daydreaming).

    How is he word "mooning" in the above sentence is functioning, as; noun, verb, or as an adverbial phrase describing the independent clause "she looked out the window.."?
    'Mooning' is modifying 'She'; she is 'mooning', not 'looking mooningly'. The -ing form functioning as a modifier is usually called the present participle.

    2- Wipe that smile off your face!

    What do you all think about "off" functioning as a preposition, or it's part of the phrasal verb "wipe off"?
    In my opinion, the meanings of the two words 'wipe' and 'off' are the same in the combination as when they are used individually. We therefore do not have a phrasal verb, but a transitive verb 'wipe' (the direct object being 'the smile') and a preposition 'off' (whose object is 'your face').
    Last edited by Piscean; 16-Nov-2015 at 19:48. Reason: typo

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    Re: Grammar

    Babarbutt, you are clearly going to become a regular poster here, so please note the following points:

    1. A better title would have been She looked out the window, mooning.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

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

    2. In future please ask unrelated questions in separate threads.

    3. If you want to use smileys, click on the
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    4. We can usually give you better answers if you can tell us about the source and author of your quotations, so it's not helpful to say '...two sentences I saw written somewhere'. Please make a note of where you saw them in future.

    Thank you.

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    Not everybody may know that 'mooning' has a slang meaning which clearly does not apply here as 'daydreaming' explains it.

    Click here and scroll down to find the alternative meaning.

    Last edited by Rover_KE; 16-Nov-2015 at 23:21.

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    Re: Grammar

    I knew you'd see the extra meaning behind that, Rover. You can always get to the bottom of things.

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    Cheeky!

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    I hope nobody else butts in now to sidetrack the thread any more. That would be a bummer.

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