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I currently have the sentence "Seahorses are the only fish that practice steadfast monogamy." to tree diagram for class, and cannot freakin' figure out what the word "that" would be used as in this sentence. Please help! Thanks. If you could also throw out a diagram of the sentence that'd be great.

  • "...what the word that would be used as in this sentence." What does this mean? – Neil W Jul 10 '14 at 4:27
  • "That" has many different uses in English, I wasn't sure what it would qualify as in the sentence. Is it a determiner, relative pronoun, adverb, etc? I apologize for wording this awkwardly. – user83577 Jul 10 '14 at 4:31
  • oh I see. I'd suggest putting some quotes around "that" in the question in that case, otherwise it's a bit of a garden-path sentence. – Neil W Jul 10 '14 at 4:35
  • I think you mean "sentence diagram", I'm not sure what a "tree diagram" would be. – Elliott Frisch Jul 10 '14 at 4:55
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    "Seahorses are [the [only fish (i) [that(i) __(i) practice steadfast monogamy]]]." -- Depending on your grammar, the word "that" is either a relative pronoun whose antecedent is the nominal "only fish", or it is a marker of clausal subordination (and the gap after it has as its antecedent the nominal "only fish". (The head noun of the predicative complement is, of course, the noun "fish"). – F.E. Jul 10 '14 at 6:06
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"That" would be the "conjunction" in the above-written sentence.

  • Like this imgur.com/FMmqZjt – user83577 Jul 10 '14 at 4:25
  • This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. – Chenmunka Jul 10 '14 at 4:53
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    @Chenmunka How does this not provide an answer? The question asked for the role that the word serves in the sentence, this says that it's a conjunction that joins the two clauses. – Barmar Jul 11 '14 at 20:34

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