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But right now, I'm pretty happy just doing what we are now.


I'd like to see if the present participle phrase 'just doing what we are now' modifies 'happy' or 'I'.

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I wouldn't say it modifies at all. It has the implicit subject "I", which it inherits from the main clause, so it has that relationship to "I".

On the other hand, it tells the cause of the happiness, so it has that relationship to "happy".

CJ

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anonymousBut right now, I'm pretty happy just doing what we are now.I'd like to see if the present participle phrase 'just doing what we are now' modifies 'happy' or 'I'.

But right now, I'm pretty happy just doing what we are now.

I see things a little differently to CJ.

Grammatically, it is not a dependent (modifier or complement) of "happy", and nor does it modify "I", but it is a modifier.

The natural analysis of your example has the underlined expression as an adjunct in clause structure. Think of it as modifying the copular verb phrase "am pretty happy".

It means roughly that I am happy in that I'm just doing what we are now.



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