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    to identify the structure of the following sentences

    The seven basic sentence patterns are: SV,SVO,SVC,SVA,SVOO,SVOC,SVOA.
    According to this,would you please help me identify the structure of the following sentences? Thank you!
    1.I just pretended that I hadn't heard anything.
    2.We didn't have a good time.
    3.I asked him to write me a letter if possible.
    4.I really owed a lot to him.

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    Re: to identify the structure of the following sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Grace-Ellen View Post
    The seven basic sentence patterns are: SV,SVO,SVC,SVA,SVOO,SVOC,SVOA.
    According to this,would you please help me identify the structure of the following sentences? Thank you!
    1.I just pretended that I hadn't heard anything.
    2.We didn't have a good time.
    3.I asked him to write me a letter if possible.
    4.I really owed a lot to him.
    4. I really owed a lot to him.
    I (S) really (adv) owed (V) a lot (O) to him (indirect O)
    (I'm assuming A is adverbial phrase).
    Why don't you have a go first with the others?


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    4.I really owed a lot to him.
    hello! I would say that to him is an object of the preposition. To have an indirect object you may say. I really owed him a lot. There you have the pattern S (A) V IO DO: I have written the adverbial between brackets because it an optional structure.


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    Re: to identify the structure of the following sentences

    3.I asked him to write me a letter if possible.
    I (S) asked (V) him (ID) to write me a letter (DO)
    About if possible, I am not sure. probably it is an adverbial.

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    Re: to identify the structure of the following sentences

    1. SVO - whole "that" clause is to be considered as one constituent.
    2. SVO
    3. SV-IO-DO
    4. SVO - here I am not sure, it could be possibly just SV because verb own doesnīt require an object. But note that "really" though it is Adv it is not an obligatory clausal constituent therefore it doesnīt belong to sentence pattern.

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