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"My observation that preventing these kinds of incidents was the whole reason he was there was met with a blank stare."

(The Guardian.)

Is My observation that preventing these kinds of incidents was the whole reason he was there a noun phrase in the sentence above?

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I think it is.

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Yes.

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My observation that preventing these kinds of incidents was the whole reason he was there was met with a blank stare.


Yes: it's quite a complex NP. Would you like to try analysing it?

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My observation that preventing these kinds of incidents was the whole reason he was there was met with a blank stare.


Yes: it's quite a complex NP. Would you like to try analysing it?

My observation that preventing these kinds of incidents was the whole reason he was there

My observation - head of the NP (NP with dependent "my" - determiner/genitive form);

that preventing these kinds of incidents was the whole reason he was there - complement in the NP (content clause);

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that preventing these kinds of incidents - subject (a non-finite clause);

was the whole reason he was there - predicate (verb phrase);

was - predicator (head of the verb phrase/linking verb);

the whole reason he was there - complement (noun phrase);

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the whole reason - the head of the NP (with two dependents - determiner "the" and modifier "whole");

he was there - complement in the NP (content clause);

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he - subject (pronoun);

was there - predicate (verb phrase);

was - head of the VP (linking verb);

there - complement (adverb).

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Wow! Very good indeed. I thought you might have trouble identifying the "that" clause as a content type.

Just a few minor points:

tkacka15My observation - head of the NP (NP with dependent "my" - determiner/genitive form); The head of the NP is just "observation".

Yes, the head of the NP is just the noun "observation". "The determiner "my" is a dependent (of the head).

tkacka15that preventing these kinds of incidents - subject (a non-finite clause);

The non-finite clause is just preventing these kinds of incidents. The subordinator "that" introduces the whole content clause, not just the subject.

tkacka15the whole reason he was there - complement (noun phrase);

We could add that the NP is predicative complement with the subject clause as its predicand.

tkacka15the whole reason - the head of the NP (with two dependents - determiner "the" and modifier "whole");

It's just "reason" that is head of the NP. As you suggest, the other items are dependents (of the head).