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    discontinuous noun phrase

    Could you please explain the term discontinuous noun phrase ?

    Can I say this sentence consist of a discontinuous noun phrase?

    The lawyer had a brief discussion about the legal fees.
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    Re: discontinuous noun phrase

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    Could you please explain the term discontinuous noun phrase ?

    Can I say this sentence consist of a discontinuous noun phrase?

    The lawyer had a brief discussion about the legal fees.
    Hi Fame,

    You have a very technical question! As I'm sure you know, a noun phrase is made up of a noun and it's modifiers, and usually the words that compose the noun phrase are all continuous. However, occasionally we break the normal word order, often to bring some of the noun phrase to the end of a sentence, to add extra weight to that information. Usually what gets moved is a prepositional or participle phrase.

    For example:

    Continuous: Many problems involving software infected by a virus have been reported.
    Discontinuous: Many problems have been reported involving software infected by a virus.

    Continuous: Lawyers representing poor clients don't get rich
    Discontinuous: Lawyers don't get rich representing poor clients

    What do you think? Is The lawyer had a brief discussion about the legal fees discontinuous?

    I hope that helps.

    Matthew Balson
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    Re: discontinuous noun phrase

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    Hi Fame,

    You have a very technical question! As I'm sure you know, a noun phrase is made up of a noun and it's modifiers, and usually the words that compose the noun phrase are all continuous. However, occasionally we break the normal word order, often to bring some of the noun phrase to the end of a sentence, to add extra weight to that information. Usually what gets moved is a prepositional or participle phrase.

    For example:

    Continuous: Many problems involving software infected by a virus have been reported.
    Discontinuous: Many problems have been reported involving software infected by a virus.

    Continuous: Lawyers representing poor clients don't get rich
    Discontinuous: Lawyers don't get rich representing poor clients

    What do you think? Is The lawyer had a brief discussion about the legal fees discontinuous?

    I hope that helps.

    Matthew Balson
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    Dear Matthew,

    Thanks for yor reply. According to my understand and your definition, I thing it is correct to say:

    The lawyer had a brief discussion about the legal fees

    since the preposition phrase about the legal fees is at the back of the sentence.

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    Re: discontinuous noun phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by competence View Post
    As I'm sure you know, a noun phrase is made up of a noun and its modifiers,

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    Re: discontinuous noun phrase

    I'm confused. I don't understand.

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    Re: discontinuous noun phrase

    it's = it is
    its = belonging to it




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    Sir,

    What is participle phrase (I refer to Competence's response) ? Thank you.

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    Re: discontinuous noun phrase

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    Sir,

    What is participle phrase (I refer to Competence's response)?
    Participle Phrases
    How to Use Participle Phrases as Modifiers | eHow.com
    Participle Phrase Recognition Practice


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