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    Greater love hath no manů

    Hi folks,

    Could someone explain to me how I should interpret grammatically the underlined part of the following excerpt from the Bible?

    Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Greater love hath no manů

    "That" is a conjunction here to introduce the clause.
    "A" is an article, an adjective describing "man."
    "Man" is a noun, the subject of the clause.
    "Lay" is a verb, the predicate of the clause.
    "Down" is an adverb, describing how the "lay" is done. (Or alternatively, "lay down" is a "phrasal verb.")
    "His" is an adjective describing "life."
    "Life" is a direct object of the verb "lay." It is what is being laid.
    "For his friends" is a prepositional phrase acting as an adverb to describe the laying.

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    Re: Greater love hath no manů

    Thanks SoothingDave,

    I somehow took the "that" as a relative pronoun. That's why I couldn't figure out how I should interpret it grammatically.

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    Re: Greater love hath no manů

    'his' in 'his life' is a pronoun or an adjective??

    I have doubt on that part.

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    #5

    Re: Greater love hath no manů

    It's a possessive determiner. These used to be called possessive adjectives.

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    Sir Piscean,
    Are you talking about 'his' or 'that'?

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    I was replying to your question in post 4 about 'his'.

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