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In the first inning he pitched with great control.

In the first inning, I think describe the whole sentence, but It might modify the verb pitched, What function the phrase has in the sentence??

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  • The PP "in the first inning" is a preposed adjunct, i.e. a modifier in clause structure.
    – BillJ
    Commented Aug 18, 2023 at 6:26
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    And After the game, we had a beer. The phrase situates the main clause, temporally. Commented Aug 18, 2023 at 9:58
  • This is a very pronounced US/UK usage split I wasn't aware of until now! OP's cited (singular?) In the first inning is almost exclusively AmE, where in BrE it's always (plural?) In the first innings. Commented Aug 18, 2023 at 11:33

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The subject is "he". The verb is "pitched". "In the first inning" modifies "pitched", saying when he pitched.

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  • In other words, "in the first inning" is a preposed adjunct in clause structure. I'd say that it modifies the whole VP "pitched with great control".
    – BillJ
    Commented Aug 18, 2023 at 9:19

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