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    What is the grammatical function for each part of the following sentence: "That would eliminate any leverage Europeans regarding the many thousands of people who had been arrested in Turkey, he said"?

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    Re: sentence analysis

    This looks like homework? Why do you want the answers and how far have you got with it yourself?

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    Re: sentence analysis

    In fact, its not a homework. I try to learn English independently by analyzing sentences. But, I find trouble analyzing sentences. I need your help to analyze this sentence so that I understand its meaning. It is taken from a newspaper article. I can provide with more sentences if context is needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabab Azem View Post
    "That would eliminate any leverage Europeans regarding the many thousands of people who had been arrested in Turkey, he said"?
    It's not possible to analyse that sensibly because it is not a correct English sentence. Please check the original; you may not have copied it correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabab Azem View Post
    I need your help to analyze this sentence so that I understand its meaning.
    Show us how far you have got, then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It's not possible to analyse that sensibly because it is not a correct English sentence. Please check the original; you may not have copied it correctly.
    I am sure I copied it correctly. It's taken from a newspaper article. The newspaper is (the jerusalem post). Should I provide with more sentences in order to understand it through context?

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    Re: sentence analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by Rabab Azem View Post
    I am sure I copied it correctly.

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    Hello,

    1. I found the sentence on the Web. It seems that you did, indeed, copy it correctly. It appears that the Post accidentally (of course!) left out some words.

    I think that the sentence should read:

    "That would eliminate any leverage that Europeans had regarding the many people who had been arrested in X," he said.

    In my opinion, we should diagram it as:

    Main sentence: That would eliminate any leverage regarding the many people who had been arrested in X.

    Adjective clause (it modifies "leverage"): that Europeans had. (The "that" could be deleted. Thus it appears that the Post accidentally left out only one word -- "had.")

    NOTES:

    a. "regarding the many people / who had been arrested /in X" is a prepositional phrase that modifies (describes) "leverage."

    i . "who had been arrested" is an adjective clause that modifies "people."
    ii. "in X" is a prepositional phrase that modifies "had been arrested."

    b. According to at least one of my books, "he said" is a parenthetical element that does not need diagramming.
    Last edited by TheParser; 10-Aug-2016 at 12:59.

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    Re: sentence analysis

    Thank you for help. I still don't understand the semantic meaning of the sentence though you analized it. Can you help me with its meaning?

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    #9

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    It would stop the Europeans from being able to exert pressure or influence over the issue of the people who had been arrested.

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    #10

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    I however wonder why is the word "had" deleted from the sentence! Is there anybody can help me?
    Last edited by Rabab Azem; 25-Aug-2016 at 22:33.

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