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Bmack

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Harry saw the people with a telescope. I am not sure what to do with a. Would it be a PP or is it considered an auxiliary verb or an indefinite article: a house a car. just help me get a clue please.

......S
....../\
..np ..vp
..... /\
Harry.. V np
...........saw /\
..........Np pp
............/\
...the people P Np
.....................with /\
..........................det N
..............................|..... |
.............................a ....telescope

I am not sure I am even right. :-?
 
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Here is my suggestion:
Harry saw the people with a telescope

Harry= Subject (Noun Phrase)
Saw= verb
The people = Object (Noun Phrase)
With a telescope = Adverbial (prepositional Phrase)


Object: The people (noun Phrase)
The= Determiner
People = Head Noun

Adverbial: With a telescope (prepositional Phrase)
With = Preposition
A telescope = Noun Phrase
A= Determiner ,,,,,, telescope = Head Noun
 

Bmack

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Here is my suggestion:
Harry saw the people with a telescope

Harry= Subject (Noun Phrase)
Saw= verb
The people = Object (Noun Phrase)
With a telescope = Adverbial (prepositional Phrase)


Object: The people (noun Phrase)
The= Determiner
People = Head Noun

Adverbial: With a telescope (prepositional Phrase)
With = Preposition
A telescope = Noun Phrase
A= Determiner ,,,,,, telescope = Head Noun


Thanks! I see, I have to break down " the people into Det, and N. So that would be NP-det,N
 

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Harry saw the people with a telescope. I am not sure what to do with a. Would it be a PP or is it considered an auxiliary verb or an indefinite article: a house a car. just help me get a clue please.

......S
....../\
..np ..vp
..... /\
Harry.. V np
...........saw /\
..........Np pp
............/\
...the people P Np
.....................with /\
..........................det N
..............................|..... |
.............................a ....telescope

I am not sure I am even right. :-?

Clue: If /a/ heads a determiner phrase, as you've guessed, what does the previous word head? Think of the phrase structure rules.
 
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