What is the grammatical construct of this sentence?

We must be knit together as one man.

More text:

"We must be knit together as one man," wrote John Winthrop, the first Puritan governor in America.

So, is be knit together a predicative? what about as one man?

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We is the subject. That makes the rest of the sentence the predicative.

Must be knit is the verb, with must and be auxiliaries. The sense of knit here is somewhat archaic, but we still use it to describe the regrowth of broken bones. Together is an adverb, indicating that the people in Winthrop's state must form a unified community.

The final prepositional phrase finishes the thought. Winthrop, somewhat optimistically, wants the citizens to be identical (one man) in some sense.

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