I am struggling with the following sentence:

The minister resigned after disclosure of the scandal.

The minister = form NP/function subject
resigned = form VP/function predicate verb
after disclosure of OR after disclosure = form PP/function adverb?
of the scandal form/function?

I have not found anything in the course literature that helps me sort this out.

Thanks in advance.


1 Answer 1


The minister resigned after disclosure of the scandal.

Here is a simplified tree diagram showing the category and function of the main constituents.

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  • Hi, Bill, could you share the tool you've used to (auto-)generate this diagram? (if it's publicly accessible) Feb 9, 2022 at 13:24
  • @AndrewTobilko It's not actually a tool, but something I invented in Word/Paint.
    – BillJ
    Feb 9, 2022 at 13:30
  • Thank you so much! Very impressive invention!
    – Catarina
    Feb 9, 2022 at 14:02
  • @Catarina you can use this syntactic parser, but it doesn't offer fancy diagrams like this. Feb 9, 2022 at 14:07
  • @Catarina The advantage of tree diagrams like my one is that they show both category (POS) and function. Of course, you have to know what they are before you can draw the tree!
    – BillJ
    Feb 9, 2022 at 16:15

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