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Taka

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I don't really understand this sentence grammatically:

Friends, who have been brought up on a diet of Hollywood movies where couples go off starry-eyed into the sunset, are still suspicious. "But how can you stand to marry someone you don't love?" they say.

About "go off starry-eyed in to the sunset" is it:

(a) go off into the sunset+(starry-eyed)=> a participle "starry eyed" to modify "go off into..."

or

(b) go off +(starry-eyed into the sunset)=> a participle "starry eyed into..." to modify "go off"

?
 

twostep

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Taka said:
I don't really understand this sentence grammatically:

Friends, who have been brought up on a diet of Hollywood movies where couples go off starry-eyed into the sunset, are still suspicious. "But how can you stand to marry someone you don't love?" they say.

About "go off starry-eyed in to the sunset" is it:

(a) go off into the sunset+(starry-eyed)=> a participle "starry eyed" to modify "go off into..."

or

(b) go off +(starry-eyed into the sunset)=> a participle "starry eyed into..." to modify "go off"

?

As my grammar days are in the grey past of time - a). Go off into the sunset is a set phrase. Starry-eyed (break out paper towels not only Kleenex) explains how they go off. Does this make sense to you?
 

Casiopea

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starry-eyed, a past participle in form, functions as an adverb,

Q: In what manner did they go off into the sunset?
A: Starry-eyed. (Adverb)

and it's also a sentential adverb:

1. Starry-eyed, they go off into the sunset. (Sentence initial)
2. They go off starry-eyed into the sunset. (Sentence medial)
3. They go off into the sunset starry-eyed. (Sentence final)

All the best, :D
 

Taka

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Thank you all!
 
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