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- The armed forces seeking to take control of the territory were brutal.

In the above original sentence, the parts of speech are:
- "The armed forces" (Subject)
- "seeking" (this gerund is a noun and not a verb. In this case, what role does it play in the sentence?)
- "to take" (this "infinitive" plays what role?)
- "control of the territory" (Object?)
- "were" (verb)
- "brutal" (adjective)
 

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Welcome to the forum.

What prompted you to ask this question? Where did you find the original sentence? (We need the source and author of any text you didn't write yourself.)
 

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You are mixing up two classes:

Word classes: noun, verb adjective.
Functions: subject, object.
 

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Shouldn't there be a couple of commas in there?
 

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The armed forces, seeking to take control of the territory, were brutal. Non-defining relative clause.
The armed forces seeking to take control of the territory were brutal. Defining relative clause.
 

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Welcome to the forum.

What prompted you to ask this question? Where did you find the original sentence? (We need the source and author of any text you didn't write yourself.)
I've been trying to understand the different sentence structures. Hence, I made this one up. As mentioned in my first post, this is an original sentence. I don't have any source to quote.
 

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You are mixing up two classes:

Word classes: noun, verb adjective.
Functions: subject, object.
I am unclear about it. Can you explain what you mean?
 

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The armed forces, seeking to take control of the territory, were brutal. Non-defining relative clause.
The armed forces seeking to take control of the territory were brutal. Defining relative clause.
Thank you, sir.

Is the non-defining clause okay to be used?

In the non-defining clause, the

"Subject" is "The armed forces"?

Then what is the verb, since "seeking to take control" isn't verb. I'm confused.
 

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I am unclear about it. Can you explain what you mean?
Are you trying only to understand the structure of the sentence (i.e., what's the subject, object, etc.) ? Or also trying to identify which parts of speech (also known as 'word classes') the words belong to? Those are very different aims.
 

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I've been trying to understand the different sentence structures. Hence, I made this one up. As mentioned in my first post, this is an original sentence. I don't have any source to quote.
Sorry, I misunderstood/misread what you meant by "original sentence". I thought you were merely saying that you were quoting a sentence as it had appeared originally, rather than meaning "this is a sentence that I wrote myself".
 

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Are you trying only to understand the structure of the sentence (i.e., what's the subject, object, etc.) ? Or also trying to identify which parts of speech (also known as 'word classes') the words belong to? Those are very different aims.
Oh gosh. I don't know that they are different! I would appreciate your teaching. Thank you.
 

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I think you should simplify the sentence first of all, and focus on function only.

The armed forces were brutal.

  • subject
  • linking verb
  • complement
For further analysis of sentence structure, I advise you to post in the 'Analysing and Diagramming Sentences' forum.
Oh gosh! I don't know that there is another forum called "Analysing and Disgramming Sentences" forum. Interesting!
 
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