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Consider this sentence

Sleet is rain and snow mixed together.

I guess it is in the form of

subject + be (predicate) + object

I cannot understand the object part, namely, rain and snow mixed together.

Could some help analyze the structure of it?

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The structure is usually analysed as "subject + "be" + complement.

The complement isn't an object, for example you can't turn this into a passive sentence.

So the subject is "sleet" and its complement is a noun phrase. "rain and snow mixed together". That noun phrase has a participle "mixed", which functions passively: the object of "mixed" is "rain and snow" (in passive participle phrases the grammatical subject is the logical object). The word "together" is an adverb, which modifies the participle "mixed".

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  • Thank you so much. I still cannot get a completely clear understanding due to the concept of passive participle, so I posted another question, would please take a loot at that?
    – WXJ96163
    Mar 4, 2020 at 7:15

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