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    Smile what is the predicate in the clause

    Since urban sprawl places people outside of walking distance to shopping areas and work areas, they are forced to rely heavily on cars to get from point A to point B.

    For this sentence, I understand the back of the sentence that they have to be reliance on the cars to go somewhere. But the clause part, i can not understand the grammatical use. i am not sue which is the predicate , is it place or something else?


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    Re: what is the predicate in the clause

    From a strictly logical perspective, the conclusion does not follow from the single predicate. There are other predicates that are not stated. It assumes you will know these, because you live in the same world as everyone else.

    1) The distance to the shops is great (stated)
    2) People travel to shops (not stated)
    3) Cars are always used to travel great distances (not stated)

    -> 4) People always use cars to travel to the shops.

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    Re: what is the predicate in the clause

    Since urban sprawl places people outside of walking distance to shopping areas and work areas, they are forced to rely heavily on cars to get from point A to point B.


    Main thought = they / are forced / to rely

    the "Since . . . areas" clause is a adverbial clause describing WHY they are forced.

    sprawl / places / people

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