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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    The helicopter was hovering five feet above the ground.

    The helicopter was hovering five feet above the ground.

    Question 1: In this case, the phrase 'five feet above the ground' is an adjunct, which means that the meaning of the sentence 'The helicopter was hovering' is still complete without 'five feet above the ground.' Right?

    Question 2: In this case, 'five feet' functions as an adverbial of degree modifying the adverbial phrase 'above the ground.' Right? (-How far above the ground was the helicopter hovering? -Five feet)

    Question 3: In this case, we can also call the adverbial phrase 'above the ground' the adverbial of place, right? (-Where was the helicopter hovering? -Above the ground)
    Last edited by Maggie Q; 16-May-2017 at 02:55.

  2. probus's Avatar
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    #2

    Re: The helicopter was hovering five feet above the ground.

    You are right in all three cases.

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