In the sentence -

The boy saves his pet mouse from the cat.

what is the function of the prepositional phrase from the cat? I'm pretty sure it is not adjective describing MOUSE. I'm thinking ADVERB. do you agree? If it is, what type of adverb?

  • Are you sure of the tense of your main verb save? It sounds like a fact and every day doing instead of an event that happened in a time in the past. – Tasneem ZH Mar 3 '19 at 8:54
  • @TasneemZh it can be a news title or a part of the story told in Present Simple – Andrew Tobilko Mar 3 '19 at 11:16
  • The PP "from the cat" is a complement of "saves" – BillJ Mar 3 '19 at 11:24
  • @AndrewTobilko | It is hard to imagine such a sentence as a title in news, but yes, those are some possibilities. It could also be something from describe what you see in the pictures exercises. – Tasneem ZH Mar 3 '19 at 17:17

The boy saves his pet mouse from the cat.

"*His pet mouse from the cat" is not a constituent, so you are right that the PP is not modifying "mouse".

The PP "from the mouse" functions as complement of "saves". It's a complement, not a modifier like an adverb, because it is obligatory for this sense of "save", which means "keep safe from danger".

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