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    #1

    grammar about this sentence.

    - All wings, guard coming out.- All wings, guard coming out.

    My question is, in this sentence, the phrase "coming out" is used as an adjective to modify the subject "guard" , or just the linking verb " is" is omited from the sentence, I mean, the complete one should be_ All wings, guard is coming out.?
    Thanks a million.
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    - All wings, guard coming out.[/font]
    - All wings, guard coming out.[/font]
    - Trey Street Deuces got the hoops.[/font]
    - Nortenos got the bleachers.[/font]
    - Woods got the weight pile.[/font]
    - The C.O.s got the rest.[/font]
    - I'm telling you,[/font]
    - the guards are the dirtiest gang in this whole place.[/font]
    - The only difference between us and them...[/font]
    - is the badge.[/font]
    M - Who's the pet lover?[/font]
    - He'll deny it, but he's D.B. Cooper.[/font]
    - Parachuted out of a plane 30 years ago with a million and a half in cash.[/font]
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    #2

    Re: grammar about this sentence.

    Is this a song? If so, normal grammar rules do not apply.

    Please give the context.


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    Re: grammar about this sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Is this a song? If so, normal grammar rules do not apply.

    Please give the context.
    Thanks for your reply, Anglika.
    Actually, this one(all wings, guard coming out) from Prison Break 1, and episode 1, and this scene is Michael Scofield's just arrived in Fox River Penitentiary and his cellie Sucre is introducing some situation about this place, and the Correctional Officer says: All wings, guard coming out, all wings, guard coming out.

    I just remember my teacher telling me that when Noun is followed by the participle which modify the Noun, according to this grammar rule, it means the purpose of " coming out"is to modify the Noun, guard, but I think the meaning of this sentence is pretty weird under this rule.
    so, in my opinion, I think it should be, the speaker leave out the linking verb, is, I meaning, the complete one would be: All wings, guard is coming out. but we both know, this one is not apply normal grammar rule. so, I just got confused which one of my thoughts is right and wish you could tell me more about your opinion. Although some of my teachers tell me don't consider more grammar rule when we're studing spoken English,
    and, thanks,Anglika.


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    Re: grammar about this sentence.

    "All wings" = "all wings in the prison" = the various corridors leading from the central point of the prison.

    "guards coming out" = the prison warders/guards are now leaving the prison wings.

    It is a public announcement over a tannoy system, so it does not require a formal structure. It is informing the inmates and the warders of what is happening.

    (Could you make your typeface a bit smaller - it is rather hard to read it so large. Thank you)


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    Re: grammar about this sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    "All wings" = "all wings in the prison" = the various corridors leading from the central point of the prison.

    "guards coming out" = the prison warders/guards are now leaving the prison wings.

    It is a public announcement over a tannoy system, so it does not require a formal structure. It is informing the inmates and the warders of what is happening.

    (Could you make your typeface a bit smaller - it is rather hard to read it so large. Thank you)
    Thanks a million, Anglika.
    and I'm pretty willing to accept your advice.
    Thanks.

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