Please take a look at the sentence

I saw john the other day

I know the meaning of "the other day" But is it a object (noun phrase). because "day" is a noun,"other" is adjective, and "the" is article. So i think it could be a object (noun phrase)

But the other day is just similar to every day which is an adverb

For example

I see him everyday

I runs everyday

I think everyday is adverb here because it describing the verb. Similarly in first sentence "the other day" also works in same way.

So in first sentence what is "the other day" ? is it a object(noun phrase) or an adverb ?

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    I think you call it a time adverbial. Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 9:03
  • The grammatical issue is pretty well addressed. But if it's important, "the other day" doesn't mean "every day". It's an expression that means a recent day or "recently".
    – fixer1234
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 19:03

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In terms of word classes, it's a noun phrase. Syntactically, it's a (time) adverbial, not an object.

  • @beginner Why do think it's an adjective. Does it modify any noun? Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 9:09
  • @user178049 Sorry, I meant adverb.
    – beginner
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 9:18
  • Basically "the other day" is "noun phrase" works as a adverb(time),got it. @user178049 , ParaDice Thanks :)
    – beginner
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 9:20
  • You're welcome. :) Just don't mix up word classes (which, as the name suggests, happens at the level of individual words) and syntactical categories (which look at groups of words and their relations in the sentence).
    – ParaDice
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 9:26
  • ParaDiceThanks for great advice, I think now my concept is more clear. Please assure me . we have a sentence, "I works in Delhi", So If we see "delhi" as a word it is noun , But we see role of "in delhi" in sentence. It is an adjective. Am i right ?
    – beginner
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 12:20

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