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    Grammar

    Dear teachers,

    Could you please kindly analyze the grammar of the following sentence:

    When the bottle had been uncorked and the wine poured out, like sunlight I watched it go down.
    The complete structure of the underlined part should be "and the wine had been poured out", which is predicate. My question is:
    Since "had been " is omitted can I still say it is "predicate" ? If I can't then could you please explain what's the function of it?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: Grammar

    [quote=jiang;283689]
    When the bottle had been uncorked and the wine poured out, like sunlight I watched it go down.

    Since "had been " is omitted can I still say it is "predicate" ?

    to my mind "had been" has been omitted simply to avoid repetition,which is quite common usage.

    Although used elliptically here , since consisting only of the past participle , "poured out" still is the second predicate of the subordinate clause.

    hope this helps



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    Re: Grammar

    Dear beascarpetta,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang
    [quote=beascarpetta;283703]
    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    When the bottle had been uncorked and the wine poured out, like sunlight I watched it go down.

    Since "had been " is omitted can I still say it is "predicate" ?

    to my mind "had been" has been omitted simply to avoid repetition,which is quite common usage.

    Although used elliptically here , since consisting only of the past participle , "poured out" still is the second predicate of the subordinate clause.

    hope this helps


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