Question about the usage "of + noun"

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stressin

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Hello,

Will anyone please help me with this phrase.

"The man calls garlic the food of kings."

I am trying to dissect this phrase into a sentence pattern but I am having a difficult time understanding if "of kings" is a prepositional phrase or not? Could it be possible that the entire phrase "the food of kings" is an idiom? if not, what is "of" referring to (time, place, location, other?) please help!

Thanks in advance.
 

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stressin said:
Hello,

Will anyone please help me with this phrase.

"The man calls garlic the food of kings."

I am trying to dissect this phrase into a sentence pattern but I am having a difficult time understanding if "of kings" is a prepositional phrase or not? Could it be possible that the entire phrase "the food of kings" is an idiom? if not, what is "of" referring to (time, place, location, other?) please help!

Thanks in advance.

Structure: Subject+Verb+Object+Object Complement

The man calls A, B.

The man (Subject; determiner+noun)
calls (Verb; 3rd person singular, present)
garlic (Object; noun)
the food of kings (Object complement; determiner+noun+preposition+noun)

the food belongs to kings (possessive) :D
 
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