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I am having trouble understand why the first part of the sentence provided is part of the complete predicate?

From the Appalachian Mountains, the land falls gradually to great river valleys to the west.

  • I'd venture that it's because From ... Mountains is adverbial in indicating where the falling begins. – virmaior Feb 28 '14 at 4:23
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Rearrange the sentence to put the subject-verb-(object) in it's normal place:

The land falls gradually from the Appalachian Mountains to great river valleys to the west.

In the above, the complete predicate is falls gradually from the Appalachian Mountains to great river valleys to the west.

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