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Old 11-06-2017, 12:37 PM
 
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I have a grammar question. What are the nouns in this sentence?

Matt found a piece of coral.

I teach 4th, so I don't remember all of the finer points of grammar.

I know Matt is a proper noun. Are both piece and coral considered nouns in this sentence, or is it just piece?

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Matt is the proper noun
Coral is a regular (common?) noun
Piece is also a noun, but it might be a different type of noun
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Both are nouns.
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Piece is a noun and the direct object. Coral is a noun, and is the prepositional determiner.
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Piece and coral are both common nouns. Part of speech is determined by how a word is used in a sentence. Coral could be an adjective, as in a coral necklace, but in this sentence coral names a thing. So it's a noun.
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I guess I didn't really ask
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what I wanted to know.

I know that piece and coral are both nouns.

What I really want to know is what is the function or label(?) for "of coral." What is the part of speech as determined by its function?

I hope that is more clear. (I didn't want you guys to think I didn't know they are both nouns. I should have thought through my question a little more.)

So how would you label "of coral" - what's its job in the sentence? (so to speak)

Is coral the object of the preposition "of"?


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Coral is the object of the preposition of.

Matt: proper noun, subject
found: action verb, predicate
a: article* modifying piece
piece: common noun, direct object
of: preposition (starts the adjective phrase)
coral: common noun, object of the preposition

The prep phrase of coral is an adjective phrase modifying piece because it answers the question "what kind?" about piece.

Prepositional phrases can also be adverb phrases, and you can determine them by checking to see if they answer the questions "when? where? why? how? to what extent?"


*an article is a type of adjective
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We don't work a lot with direct objects or objects of the preposition in 4th grade grammar at our school.

I really didn't think about the object of the preposition when I asked the question.

We do talk about articles as a type of adjective.
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