Prepositions and Noun Phrases

does a noun phrase followed by a prepositional phrase form another noun phrase? Example: The road to hell ‘The road’ and ‘hell’ form two separate noun phrases. Does, ‘The road to hell’ constitute as a noun phrase in its own right? if not why? What about something like, The road of power (i.e: using the … Read more

‘Us students’ – Does this apposition need a comma?

Can a pronoun be used in apposition without comma? A few of us students have participated in the match. This sentence looks quite awkward at first glance. Is this sentence gramatically correct? I can’t find any forbidding rule regarding a relation between pronoun and comma in apposition. Answer This is not actually a case of … Read more

Categorial grammar, Is ‘leg’ an adjective in ‘skipping leg days’

I am working on CCG (combinatory categorial grammar), which assigns categories to words. So I was wondering if ‘leg’ is adjective, or just another noun in the phrase “skipping leg days”. Or is “leg day” a noun phrase by itself? I mean do they combine to become “leg days”, or “leg days” is already a … Read more

Some types of nouns feel ungrammatical in “His every [noun]”?

Abstract nouns, specifically nouns related to feelings, feel natural: Set A: His every {whim, desire, need, wish} should be satisfied by the council. However, concrete nouns feel wrong. Set B: His every {photograph, watch, “piece of jewelry”} was placed in the safety deposit box. Are the examples in “Set B” grammatically correct? If not, could … Read more

Which of these nouns does the relative clause go with?

I have this sentence: John inadvertently broke the window of Mary’s car, which was bought just two weeks ago. Which meaning should I understand between “Mary’s car was bought two weeks ago” and “the window of Mary’s car was bought two weeks ago”? If the sentence means the former one, how can I make it … Read more

How to use “same” as an adverb?

I have the following sentence: An uncommitted player reacts to different alliance types the same. I may as well say “…in the same way” but want to keep it short if possible. Is this a correct use of “same” as an adverb? I have checked several dictionaries. For example, the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & … Read more

Can a noun be an adverb?

This question, which I first posed on the ELL site a few weeks ago, remains effectively unanswered. Although there an answer did finally get posted, it seemed to be more of a parody of an answer than a real one, to me at least. So here goes; please consider this sentence: I can barely see … Read more

Disambiguating the noun phrase “a pretty egg box”

Does “a pretty egg box” always mean “a pretty box of eggs” rather than “a box of pretty eggs”? More precisely, is “adjective adjunct-noun head-noun” always interpreted as “adjective (adjunct-noun head-noun)” rather than “(adjective adjunct-noun) head-noun”? If so, can “a pretty egg box” be punctuated so as to mean “a box of pretty eggs”? Answer … Read more