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A cloudy start to the day today, but with cloud tending to clear away in the afternoon to allow sunny spells to develop. Staying dry throughout

This is the weather forecast for Leeds.

How do I parse this sentence. I can't see the main verb?

What is the grammatical form and function of "tending..."?

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A cloudy start to the day today, but with cloud tending to clear away in the afternoon to allow sunny spells to develop. Staying dry throughout

This is the weather forecast for Leeds.

How do I parse this sentence. I can't see the main verb? You can't see a main verb because there is no main verb given here. Weather forecasters, and other people making announcements, often speak in an abbreviated kind of way. A full sentence would be

eg There will be a cloudy start to the day today, but the cloud will tend to clear away in the afternoon to allow sunny spells to develop. It will stay dry throughout the day.

Clive

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JigneshbharatiHow do I parse this sentence. I can't see the main verb?

You have asked a question; then you have made a statement. So you need to punctuate accordingly.

How do I parse this sentence? I can't see the main verb.

CJ

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JigneshbharatiWhat is the grammatical form and function of "tending..."?

It is a verb (gerund/participle) in the non-finite clause cloud tending to clear away in the afternoon to allow sunny spells to develop where cloud is the subject, and tending the predicator.

That non-finite clause is the complement in the prepositional phrase with cloud tending to clear away in the afternoon to allow sunny spells to develop.

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