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    how to analyze the sentence

    To whom it may concern,

    How can I analyze the sentence " Things she was most afraid would happen did happen"?

    1. Is there a relative pronoun omitted between "she" and " things"?
    2. If so, what is the function of the omitted relative pronoun?
    3. Is "she was afraid" a parenthesis?

    Confusing Jeanette

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    Re: how to analyze the sentence

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    1-- Yes, that or which is omitted.
    2-- it merely introduces the relative clause
    3-- no, it's the subject, verb, and complement of the clause.
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    Re: how to analyze the sentence

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    1-- Yes, that or which is omitted.
    2-- it merely introduces the relative clause
    3-- no, it's the subject, verb, and complement of the clause.
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    Dear Mr. Micawber,
    Thank you for your reply. Yet, I still have some questions about the structure of this sentence.
    1. If a "which" or "that" is omitted before "she", is this relative pronoun the
    subject or object of the relative clause?
    2.What is the subject and verb in this relative clause?
    Jeanette

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    Re: how to analyze the sentence

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    1-- neither; it is a subordinating conjunction.
    \2-- the subject is she and the verb is was.

    Things -- Subject of main clause
    [that] she was most afraid would happen -- adjective clause modifying things

    did happen -- Verb of main clause.


    [that]-- conjunction
    she -- Subject of dependent clause
    was -- Verb (linking) of dependent clause
    afraid -- predicate adjective
    would happen -- dependent clause as adverbial modifier of afraid (I think).
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    Re: how to analyze the sentence

    Dear Mr. Micawber,
    Thank you for your reply. Are you an English teacher in Japan?
    Jeanette

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    Re: how to analyze the sentence

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    If you click on my name, you will be able to read my Profile. Your Profile states that your first language is Chinese and that you live in Taipei.
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