|1. To break (a sentence) down into its component parts of speech with an explanation of the form, function, and syntactical relationship of each part.
2. To describe (a word) by stating its part of speech, form, and syntactical relationships in a sentence.
3a. To examine closely or subject to detailed analysis, especially by breaking up into components: "What are we missing by parsing the behavior of chimpanzees into the conventional categories recognized largely from our own behavior?" (Stephen Jay Gould). b. To make sense of; comprehend: I simply couldn't parse what you just said.
4.Computer Science To analyze or separate (input, for example) into more easily processed components.
I'm guessing it's the first one, would be done as part of English grammar (or I guess French and German grammar as well)
Don't they teach it any more? It's probably called something else?
|Teach grammar in schools? Don't be daft. ..... I only worked out what a split infinitive was when a newspaper mentioned 'To boldly go' was one.|
|We never did anything like that in Ireland though.|
|I learned most of my grammer in German lessons! The teacher kept asking us all these questions and we had no idea what she was talking about!|
|The predicate is a finite verb, alone or with an object or objects, adverbial adjuncts, or a complement.|
|In my schools, "predicate" was sometimes used as a fancy word for "verb," as well as in the wider sense. To quote Webster's:
There's quite a strong argument for teaching Latin to fairly young children: not simply because it's a useful language in itself, but because it's so incredibly useful for other languages.
|Not quite grammar related, but I'd love it if someone could explain to me how to write introductions and conclusions (to essays).|
|Alison H wrote:|
|We were vaguely taught grammar at primary school and for a few lessons at secondary school, but that was it. I'm very picky about grammar, though, which I think comes from doing Latin! Unfortunately it tends to make anything I write in a formal context sound rather stilted in a "the kind of English up with which I will not put" sort of way !|
There seem to be rather a lot of Classicists on this board.....
output generated using printer-friendly topic mod. All times are GMT