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The little prince had very different ideas about serious things from those of the grown-ups.

Are about serious things and from those of the grown-ups adjectival, which modify ideas?

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    No, about serious things modifies ideas, but from those of the grown-ups modifies different. Easier to see with His ideas were very different from those of the grown-ups. And I wouldn't say from those is "adjectival". Jan 7 at 1:57
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    We know that you are reading The Little Prince, but you should still give the source of the quotation in your question. Jan 7 at 8:41
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    "Serious things" is an NP functioning as complement of the prep "about". The whole PP "about serious things" is then complement of "ideas". The comparative complement is "from those of the grown-ups".
    – BillJ
    Jan 7 at 10:09
  • This is a translation from French and not the best way to ask per se about English. Also: "from those of the grown-ups" on its own is not grammatical at all.
    – Lambie
    Jan 7 at 15:33

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I'll summarise what @FumbleFingers commented on.

about serious things is adjectival and modifies ideas.

from those of the grown-ups modifies different. We rephrase for clarity:

his ideas were very different from those of the grown-ups [adverbial modifying different]

he had ideas very different from those of the grown-ups [adverbial modifying different]

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  • In my opinion, it would be more accurate to say that the prep phrase "about serious things" is complement (not modifier) of "ideas". It's a complement because it is licensed by the head, "ideas". The comparative complement,"from those of the grown-ups" is then complement of "different ideas about serious things".
    – BillJ
    Jan 7 at 10:28
  • [I will summarize//what FF commented on]
    – Lambie
    Jan 7 at 15:35
  • Compare the pseudo-cleft "[very different ideas about serious things from those of the grown-ups] was what the little prince had".
    – BillJ
    Jan 7 at 16:54

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