Dear all,
I couldn't understand the structure of the following sentence. Can anyone please tell me where the main subject and verb are? The sentence was as follows.
"Sowly it grew into an agonized, screaming, and slashing furor, gripping us all before subsiding at last into a hollow death rattle and, finally, back to silence. "
I would like to know if the word "back" should be "backed" as a verb of past tense. Thank you very much!
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Usenet "Sowly it grew into an agonized, screaming, and slashing furor, gripping us all before subsiding at last into a hollow death rattle and, finally, back to silence. "
I would like to know if the word "back" should be "backed" as a verb of past tense.
The simple subject and predicate are "it grew."
In this sentence, "back" is a preposition, not a verb. Back to the future.
Dear all, I couldn't understand the structure of the following sentence. Can anyone please tell me where the main subject ... slashing furor, gripping us all before subsiding at last into a hollow death rattle and, finally, back to silence. "

Subject: it
Verb: grew
I would like to know if the word "back" should be "backed" as a verb of past tense. Thank you very much!

No, "back" is not a verb in this sentence. It (whatever "it" is in this context) finally subsided back to silence.

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Dear all,
I couldn't understand the structure of the following sentence. Can anyone please tell me where the main subject and verb are? The sentence was as follows.
"Sowly it grew into an agonized, screaming, and slashing furor, gripping us all before subsiding at last into a hollow death rattle and, finally, back to silence. "
I would like to know if the word "back" should be "backed" as a verb of past tense. Thank you very much!

Hi,

The subject is 'it'. Presumably the reader is told earlier what 'it' represents.

The main verb is 'grew'.

I interpret the last part this way.

"Slowly it grew into an agonized, screaming, and slashing furor, gripping us all before subsiding at last into a hollow death rattle and, finally, (subsiding) back to silence. "

The phrases 'at last ' and 'finally' don't fit well together. They seem rather contradictory.

Best wishes, Clive
Sorry, Icy, "back" is an adverb here. "To" is the preposition. "Back to" sounds like a preposition.

"Back" as a verb would be: "He backed her run for the presidency," or "He backed her into a corner."
Yes, meaning it had been silent at some time in the past, i.e. it became silent again.

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Dear all, I couldn't understand the structure of the following sentence. Can anyone please tell me where the main subject ... slashing furor, gripping us all before subsiding at last into a hollow death rattle and, finally, back to silence. "

Subject: it
Main verb: grew
I would like to know if the word "back" should be "backed" as a verb of past tense. Thank you very much!

No, its a preposition.

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Dear all, I couldn't understand the structure of the following sentence. Can anyone please tell me where the main subject ... like to know if the word "back" should be "backed" as a verb of past tense. Thank you very much!

1. GREW is the main verb. BACK is not a verb in this sentence;if it were BACKED it would be a verb (and grammatically OK.)
2. Imprecision and mixed metaphors make this a bad sentence.E.g. FUROR usually means noise, which may indeed be SCREAMING but not SLASHING.

Don Phillipson
Carlsbad Springs
(Ottawa, Canada)
"back" is a preposition, not a verb. Back to the future.

Back is an adverb.
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