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    deciphoring complicated sentences

    Hi! Pls see if I'm on the right track. I'm trying to decipher the sentence (Ex: subject, verb, subordinate, etc)

    "A good book can absorb us to the exclusion of the present time and place; a familiar "mental movie" plays in the imagination and occupies the senses." - excerpt from Eric McLuhan in 'The Changing Face of Literacy'

    2 core parts (coordination)

    1st core part - Subject (book), verb (absorb), object (exclusion)
    2nd core part - Subject (mental movie), verb (plays) and (occupies), object (imagination) and (senses).

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    Re: deciphoring complicated sentences


    1. I think that traditional grammar books would call your sentence a compound sentence.

    a. That is to say, it has two complete sentences linked with a semicolon (;).

    2. I would parse the first sentence like this:

    a. A good book = the complete subject.
    b. can absorb = the verb phrase.
    c. us = the direct object.
    d. to the exclusion = prepositional phrase that modifies "can absorb."
    e. "Of the present time and place" = prepositional phrase that modifies "exclusion."


    3. I would parse the second sentence like this:

    a. "A familiar 'mental movie' " = the complete subject.
    b. "plays" = first verb of a compound predicate (two verbs).
    c. "in the imagination" = prepositional phrase that modifies "plays." ("the imagination" is the object of the preposition "in.")

    d. "and" = coordinating conjunction links the two verbs "play" and "occupies."

    e. "occupies" = second verb of a compound predicate.
    f. "the senses" = the object of the verb "occupies."
    Last edited by TheParser; 21-Jul-2016 at 15:32.

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