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Questions tagged [secondary-predicates]

A secondary predicate is a clausal adjunct or complement which attributes a quality or action to the subject or an object without employing a linking verb.

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What kind of sentence structure is , “Would that be, If i were a rich man ! ”

What kind of sentence structure is , "Would that be, If I were a rich man ! " Isn't it incorrect English? What kind of sentence is it, that is deemed valid to begin with, Would that be AND why not ...
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Can “exist” be followed by an adjective?

On Wikipedia, I read a sentence like this: Logical realism posits that logical truth exists independent of human ideas. Is that grammatical? According to Wikipedia, this seems connected to ...
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I made it home safe vs I made it home safely

Which, if any, of these sentences are correct: I made it home safe. or I made it home safely. I know that in the second example safely is an adverb, but I don't know about the first. Is it a ...
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What is the grammatical function of “knowing” in the sentence “he's grown up knowing your name.”?

Is the following a reduced form? He's grown up knowing your name. If yes, what has the original form been?
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How to parse verb + participle structure

I would like to ask how to parse the following sentence. I cook listening to music. "I" is subject. "cook" is the main verb Is "listening to music" is participle phrase? ( to music is also ...
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What is the function of the word 'happy'? [duplicate]

I woke up happy today. In the sentence, what is the function of the word 'happy', an adjective or adverb and is the verb 'woke up' considered as a linking verb? I'd like to know some verbs that can ...
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What is the predicate of this sentence?

For teachers making important instructional decisions, and when student responsiveness to instruction is of key importance for educational decision-making, relying on the measure in which slope is ...
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Subject Confusion

I am not able to understand what is the subject in the sentence below. Stone walls do not make a Prison. ("Aren't we talking about Prison here?") We cannot pump the ocean dry ("Aren't we talking ...
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“The book fell open”

What is meaning of the sentence : The book fell open at a page of illustrations. The sentence doesn’t have subject ( it is passive ) for example somebody has opened the book and the book is open ...
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syntax of postpositioned adjectivals

In "No Chinese emperor was more resplendently arrayed. As for the cigarette that he holds out, half smoked, to be taken and deposited by his valet, a whole civilization--urbane, authoritative, ...
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How does 'to draw tight' relate to 'to press together'?

(TL;DR) What does to draw tight mean? Does it relate to: to press together? streig- [=] To stroke, rub, press. European root. ... from Latin stringere, to draw tight, press together. I ask ...
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Can you utilize adjectives after objects, nouns?

I liked you hairy. Can you construct a sentence that goes subject, verb, object, adjective? Can this be considered a complete sentence?
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Does the following sentence contain a double predicate?

They married young. I think it means "They married when they were young". Am I right?
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“Her mind wandered free through time.” Can I use 'freely' instead of 'free'?

At the age of 80 my mother had her last bad fall, and after that her mind wandered free through time.'' With this graceful yet unsettling sentence, Russell Baker, the humorist and New York Times ...
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having those ideas as “precise” as he did - syntactic role of “precise”

what does this "precise" refer to in the following quotation? "But then I looked at it and I thought that actually it was pretty good. I was very amazed by somebody writing a song and having ...
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automobiles >as they relate to people< - What does the *as* clause modify?

Two troublesome noun phrases: A "automobiles as they existed in the 1950s" B "automobiles as they relate to people" The first noun phrase seems to be complete in and of itself, because "as ...
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Confusion about adjunct and complement

In my recently concluded test, I was asked to identify the sentence pattern of this sentence: It stands tall I split it as: It | stands | tall S V A For me, "tall" is an additional ...
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What meaning is this “leave”?

The storm left the whole town a wilderness. What does this "leave" mean here? It sounds like the usage of "leave him a billionaire." Am I right?
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Confused about the expression “I dwell confined”?

In the Amazing Spiderman movie, Dr. Curt Connors said: "I might be free to cast off flesh wherein I dwell confined." What's the meaning of “I dwell confined” in this context?
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emerge naked/nakedly

From an American sitcom Friends S05E17, SOURCE HERE Suspect has just emerged naked from the sewer. I just wonder why it is "naked" instead of "nakedly". Normally it's the adverb that modifies a ...
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“form” in the phrase “come well formed into”

I don't understand the "form" in this sentence. Is the "come well formed into" a set phrase? Those (men) who come well formed into the world she (Nature) renders strong and robust, and destroys all ...
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Is “deep” an adjective or adverb?

She worked quickly but without hurry. She put an old apron to cover her clothes. In the basement she found a jelly jar with a top and carried it out to the carriage house where the tools were kept. In ...
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What is the role of 'level with' in this sentence?

"Give that here, Malfoy," said Harry quietly. Everyone stopped talking to watch. Malfoy smiled nastily. "I think I'll leave it somewhere for Longbottom to find - how about - up a tree?" "Give ...
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Are these phrases all expressing resultative meaning?

Hermione Granger was almost as nervous about flying as Neville was. This was something you couldn't learn by heart out of a book -- not that she hadn't tried. At breakfast on Thursday she bored ...
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Is it possible to use adjectives as adverbs?

I came across these two sentences: He was standing there proud." "He is growing up rich." I think I can understand what each sentence means, but grammatically they don't make sense to me. ...
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Is this an adjective or a noun?

(1) Dotted here and there among the students, the ghosts shone misty silver. (2) Then the hat twitched. A rip near the brim opened wide like a mouth - and the hat began to sing: (Harry Potter and ...
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Parse “asking for books back”

Harry picked it up and stared at it, his heart twanging like a giant elastic band. No one, ever, in his whole life, had written to him. Who would? He had no friends, no other relatives - he didn't ...
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parse: out + prepositional phrase

By the time he was allowed (1) out of his cupboard again, the summer holidays had started and Dudley had already broken his new video camera, crashed his remote control airplane, and, first time (...
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Does an adjectival following a verb complement the verb or the subject?

My feet they are sore, and my limbs they are weary; Long is the way, and the mountains are wild; Soon will the twilight close moonless and dreary over the path of the poor orphan child. (Jane ...