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    Re: object of preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by HeartShape View Post
    Hi,

    About this sentence "The science lab was displayed on ParentsÂ’ Night."

    In the book "Parents' Night" is an object of preposition because “Parents'” is written with a capital P. If I changed P to a lowercase to form an adjective, would that violate any grammar rules?
    The science lab was displayed on Parents' Night.

    The genitive noun phrase "Parents' Night is complement of the preposition "on".

    Capitalisation is irrelevant to the analysis, and Parents' is a genitive noun phrase functioning as determiner of "Night".

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    Re: object of preposition

    Correction: diagram is saying "Parents' Night" is an object of preposition. While it’s an object of preposition does that mean "Parents' is still an adjective?

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    Re: object of preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by HeartShape View Post
    Correction: diagram is saying "Parents' Night" is an object of preposition. While it’s an object of preposition does that mean "Parents' is still an adjective?

    I just told you. Parents' is a genitive noun phrase functioning as determiner of "Night".

    And I think it's unreasonable of you to expect us to help you with the RK system. Most people will have no knowledge of it, and those that do usually eschew it.

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    Re: object of preposition

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    The genitive noun phrase "Parents' Night is complement of the preposition "on".
    Would you please illuminate the difference between objects and complements of prepositions?

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    Re: object of preposition

    Here's another sentence: Most people in Emma’s class like rock music.

    Which word or words is the object of preposition?
    Last edited by HeartShape; 18-Apr-2018 at 13:32.

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    Re: object of preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by HeartShape View Post
    Which word or words is the object of preposition?
    The noun phrase Emma's class, of which the head is class.

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    Re: object of preposition

    OK I got it now, Emma's function as an attributive adjective. Goesstation described it perfectly for me.

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    Re: object of preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by HeartShape View Post
    OK I got it now, Emma's function as an attributive adjective. Goesstation described it perfectly for me.
    No. Emma's is anoun phrase. It functions as a modifier of noun class.

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    Re: object of preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No. Emma's is anoun phrase. It functions as a modifier of noun class.
    Maybe I am not using an accurate terminology here.

    I understand "Emma's class" is a noun phrase and that it modify the word "class" but "Emma's" is an attributive adjective is that not right?

    In this particular sentence the attributive adjective modify the noun (class) in this sentence.
    Last edited by HeartShape; 21-Apr-2018 at 18:23.

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    Re: object of preposition

    Emma's is not any kind of adjective. It is the possessive form of the proper noun Emma. Its function is to modify the following noun, but that does not change its word class.

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