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"And now we find ourselves in the worst of all worlds: carrying out an act of self-harm we are told is the people's will, when millions of the same people seem to have all but switched off."

(The Guardian.)

Is "an act of self-harm we are told is the people's will" a noun phrase in the sentence above?

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I think it is.

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... carrying out an act of self-harm [we are told is the people's will], when millions of the same people seem to have all but switched off.


Yes, the whole underlined element is a noun phrase, as indicated by the indefinite article "an". Within the NP is the bracketed relative clause modifying "act".

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Thank you for the reply.