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    help me find the clauses

    Hello

    The Financial Times reported that the financing package to be presented to the board included up to 4 billion euros in financing backed by France, Germany, Britain and Spain.

    How many clauses can you detect in the sentence above?
    Where are they?
    thanks

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    Re: help me find the clauses

    Clauses...*fingers crossed*. To boldly go, where no man has gone before

    First of all, the following analysis is one way to do it. Other people might disagree, but that doesn't mean that someone is wrong. It's just a matter of defining clauses (well, as anything in language, really)

    So, here goes...

    The Financial Times reported that the financing package to be presented to the board included up to 4 billion euros in financing backed by France, Germany, Britain and Spain.

    The Financial Times reported that... Ok. First flag here ("that"). The main clause has finished and whatever comes after "that" is its subclause

    With the following sub-subclauses...

    the financing package to be presented to the board included. "The financial package....included" is a clause, with "to be presented to the board" a non-finite subclause (which functions as a modifier)

    the financing package ...included up to 4 billion euros in financing backed by France, Germany, Britain and Spain .. Still in this sentence, (marked in blue) there is another non-finite clause (the one marked in red), again a modifier

    But let's wait for more opinions, because some "grammar schools" don't always recognize non-finite subclauses...


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    Re: help me find the clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Hello

    The Financial Times reported that the financing package to be presented to the board included up to 4 billion euros in financing backed by France, Germany, Britain and Spain.

    How many clauses can you detect in the sentence above?
    Where are they?
    thanks
    In the grammar method I use, verbal phrases (such as infiniive phrases) are just phrases. So, I only see two clauses, a main clause and a long noun clause.

    The Financial Times reported that the financing package to be presented to the board included up to 4 billion euros in financing backed by France, Germany, Britain and Spain.

    I agree with Mariner that the infinitive phrase and the participial phrase are modifiers.


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    Re: help me find the clauses

    Hello

    Thank you both

    The Financial Times reported that the financing packageto be presented to the board included up to 4 billion euros in financing backed by France, Germany, Britain andSpain

    to be presented to the board is a defining relative infinitive clause
    backed by France, Germany, Britain and Spain is an adjectival phrase, IMO.
    I can see 3 clauses

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    Re: help me find the clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Hello

    Thank you both

    The Financial Times reported that the financing packageto be presented to the board included up to 4 billion euros in financing backed by France, Germany, Britain andSpain

    to be presented to the board is a defining relative infinitive clause
    backed by France, Germany, Britain and Spain is an adjectival phrase, IMO.
    I can see 3 clauses
    Why is the infinitive phrase a clause and not the participial phrase?

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