Day 3 SL 2

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Day 3 SL 2

Postby Kathie in VA » Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:50 pm

While diagramming compound sentences and reviewing direct objects one student asked about a sentence like:

John go fetch the bow.

The only answer I could think of was that there was an implied conjunction between the two verbs... and so the sentence is really:
John go and fetch the bow.

Is this right or is there another way to handle this? Is 'fetch the bow' a clause acting as a DO?

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Re: Day 3 SL 2

Postby Carolyn » Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:29 am

You could certainly assume some elision and add an unstated conjunction. You could also assume an unstated 'to' -- go to fetch the bow. In that case, the infinitive would be a modifier of the verb. The phrase 'fetch the bow' couldn't be a direct object, though. Go is intransitive, which removes that possibility from the list.
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