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  1. Yourjones
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    This tool is for you to build sentences correctly.

    Hello

    I wonder what the part in the quotation marks is in the sentence below. Would you kindly help?

    This tool is "for you" to build sentences correctly.

    Thanks.

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    Re: How to parse this sentence

    1. What do you think?
    2. Why do you need to know?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How to parse this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Yourjones View Post
    Hello

    I wonder what the part in the quotation marks is in the sentence below. Would you kindly help?

    This tool is "for you" to build sentences correctly.

    Thanks.
    "For you" is not a constituent.

    You to build sentences correctly is a to-infinitival clause whose subject is "you". When a to-infinitival clause contains a subject, it also contains the clause subordinator (subordinating conjunction) for, which appears at the beginning of the clause, right before the subject.

    In a tree diagram, this "for" would be assigned the function label 'marker' and the category label 'subordinator'.

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    Re: How to parse this sentence

    PaulMatthews, did you notice that in post #2 I asked the OP to tell us what he/she thinks first? We try not to spoonfeed answers here.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How to parse this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    PaulMatthews, did you notice that in post #2 I asked the OP to tell us what he/she thinks first? We try not to spoonfeed answers here.
    The OP asked for help. Had they known, or had an incline of, the answer, they would surely have proffered it. And as for why they want to know; that's obvious - they want to learn about English grammar, just like the rest of us.

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    Re: How to parse this sentence

    Plenty of learners ask for the answers without really trying themselves first. We regularly ask posters to give us their answers and their justification for those answers.
    As far as why they want to know is concerned, that question certainly sounded remarkably like it might be homework. We don't help with homework or assignments, as shown in the forum rules.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: This tool is for you to build sentences correctly.

    Yourjones, I have changed your thread title.


    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

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

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    Re: How to parse this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Plenty of learners ask for the answers without really trying themselves first. We regularly ask posters to give us their answers and their justification for those answers.
    As far as why they want to know is concerned, that question certainly sounded remarkably like it might be homework. We don't help with homework or assignments, as shown in the forum rules.

    I understand and agree OPs' questions had better not be answered directly if they ask purely for the sake of homework.

    However, I did not give what I thought the answer should be because I really did not know it. "I was clear it was not subject, nor object of the sentence and so forth". Maybe I will add something like that to a question I post next time?

    I am grateful Usingenglish's experts have helped answer lots of my questions, but I certainly will be more grateful if questions could be answered more straightforward.

    I needed the answer because my friend's child asked me to help him with that question. In fact, my friends' children always come with different questions regarding English now that they know I am fond of and a bit good at English. As their 34-year-old friend, I probably do not have homework of parsing a sentence to do as I am preoccupied already by my job serving a British organisation in my home country.

    Thank you all the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yourjones View Post
    I understand and agree OPs' questions had better not be answered directly if they ask purely for the sake of homework.

    However, I did not give what I thought the answer should be because I really did not know it. "I was clear it was not subject, nor object of the sentence and so forth". Maybe I will add something like that to a question I post next time?
    Yes, that's a good idea, though we're not in the business of doing a friend's child's homework, either.

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    Re: How to parse this sentence

    We seem to be generating more heat than light here.

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