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What parts of speech do you think 'together' and 'at the park' are and what do they describe in this sentence:

Nobody saw Anna and John together at the park.

I'm thinking 'together' is a adverb, and 'at the park' is an adverbial phrase, but I'm not sure if it's describing 'together' or how they were not seen…

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  • Modern grammar classifies "together" as a preposition. "At the park" is a preposition phrase functioning as a locative adjunct, i.e. a modifier in (and thus part of) the VP "saw Anna and John together at the park".
    – BillJ
    Jul 10 at 8:39
  • @BillJ Please expand on that in an answer.
    – James K
    Jul 10 at 10:18
  • @BillJ, if you call "together" a preposition, then it's worth mentioning that it's a strictly intransitive preposition, much like "here" and "there". Intransitive prepositions are a modern idea, in contrast with the way that traditional grammar lumps those words into an overstuffed adverb class. Also worth noting is that "Anna and John together" is a coherent phrase, showing that the preposition "together" plays an adjectival role in this context despite being traditionally classed as an adverb. Jul 10 at 14:40
  • Yes, an intransitive preposition. And yes, in"Anna and John together at the park", the prep "together" modifies "Anna and John", and the PP "at the park" is a locative adjunct in clause structure.
    – BillJ
    Jul 10 at 17:56
  • I agree that it's an adverb, describing saw. The adverb phrase further clarifies how/when/where they were seen together -- at the park. I will not be providing this as an answer, though. Jul 11 at 13:17

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