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  1. Noego's Avatar
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    #1

    Unsure about my take on this sentence...

    Walking as if each step were painful1, she slowly pushed open the glass door and hobbled down the nearest aisle2.
    1: Dependant clause (what kind of dependant clause??) I'm kind of confused as to the nature of this subordinate clause...
    2: Main clause
    Walking: past progressive? (which tense is?)
    As if: describes how a situation seems to be
    Each: determiner
    Step: noun
    Were: linking verb (copula)
    Painful: predicator adjective (predicate adjective)
    She: personal pronoun, 3rd person
    Slowly: adverb
    Pushed: V. Simple past, transitive
    (pushed open): Verbal phrase’
    The: (adjective, determinant, definite article)
    Glass door: compound noun or:
    Glass: adjective noun (is there a term for nouns used as adjectives?)
    Door: noun
    And: conjunction, links main clause with verbal phrase (compound verb: pushed + hobbled). Not too sure as to how to define the use of the conjunction here. I would assume "and" here links the main clause with the verbal phrase hobbled down the nearest aisle.
    Hobbled down: verbal phrase
    The: definite article
    Nearest: adj.
    Aisle: noun

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    Re: Unsure about my take on this sentence...

    Quote Originally Posted by Noego
    1. Walking
    You've two choices with Walking. It's either a present participle or a gerund.

    If participle, its function is adjectival and it heads a clause that modifies a (pro)noun somewhere in the sentence. Does Walking fit that definition?

    If gerund, its function is nominal, which means it has one of three functions in the sentence: (i) it's a subject and agrees in person and number with a verb, (ii) it's an the object of a verb or (iii) it's the object of a preposition. Does Walking fill one of those structural positions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Noego
    As if: describes how a situation seems to be
    OK, but what's its form and what's its function? Take a look at where it's sitting in the sentence. Does it belong to a major class? If not, does it modify anything? If not, does it connect anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by Noego
    Glass: adjective noun (is there a term for nouns used as adjectives?)
    There's the term substantive, meaning substitutes for, but the term adjective is fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Noego
    And: conjunction, links main clause with verbal phrase (compound verb: pushed + hobbled). Not too sure as to how to define the use of the conjunction here. I would assume "and" here links the main clause with the verbal phrase hobbled down the nearest aisle.
    It links two verb phrases (VPs), like this,

    [VP slowly pushed opened the glass door] and [VP hobbled down the nearest aisle]

    All the best.

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    Re: Unsure about my take on this sentence...

    Thank you Casiope!

    This really helps.

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