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"Our vision goes beyond the familiar, with confidence to step into new adventures that help our environment."

Is this sentence grammatical or is there something missing? I feel like the phrase "..., with confidence ..." isn't attached to a proper subject and so it doesn't sound very solid, but I could be overthinking it as well.

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As it happens, the "adverb of manner" element with confidence here is itself further modified by the "adverb of purpose" to step into new adventures that help our environment. We can remove that syntactically optional second element to focus on the first...

1: Our vision goes beyond the familiar, with confidence.
2: With confidence, our vision goes beyond the familiar.
3: Our vision goes with confidence beyond the familiar.
4: Our vision with confidence goes beyond the familiar.

...which are all syntactically valid and mean the same thing. It's just that #3 (and even more so #4) are stylistically a bit awkward.

Hopefully this makes it clear that with confidence adverbially modifies the primary verb goes. But it might more naturally be interpreted as a "whole sentence adverb" (my versions #1 & #2) modifying the entire assertion Our vision goes beyond the familiar to step into new adventures that help our environment.

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    I agree. The entire phrase after the comma could also be a single adverbial phrase, modifying "goes". "Our vision goes beyond the familiar, and it does so with the confidence to step into new adventures". If I had meant your version I would have put a second comma after "confidence", but I recognize that not everyone would do that Apr 11, 2023 at 14:10
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    I certainly can't disagree with anything you say there! I kinda thought I'd covered all bases by pointing out that (leading or trailing) "with confidence" could modify the entire assertion rather than any specific part of it. But to be honest, I think any apparent semantic difference is just an artifact of how English adverbials work - at the end of the day, all three of the "syntactic deconstructions" we've identified just net down to a single real-world meaning, imho. Apr 11, 2023 at 14:11
  • Thank you so much for your elaborate answer. This makes perfect sense. @FumbleFingers
    – RoseDavie
    Apr 12, 2023 at 7:25
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One problem is that "vision" doesn't "step"; it "sees."

"Our vision goes beyond the familiar, with confidence to see into new adventures that help our environment."

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    It also "goes". Must be at least 20/20. Apr 11, 2023 at 14:33
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    "vision" doesn't "see". The one having vision sees.
    – bakunin
    Apr 11, 2023 at 15:04

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