Are these two prepositional phrases disjuncts or something else? I’ve looked through Biber and Huddleston, and the two examples don’t seem to fit into any of their categories of disjuncts. Thanks in advance!
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UPDATE: I thought I would provide some background on my question since someone asked which books I was using. I’ve been looking at these three books:
Huddleston - Cambridge Grammar of English Language (2002), Biber - Grammar of Spoken and Written English (1999), Quirk - Comprehensive Grammar English (1985)
I am focused on prepositional phrases. I can’t find the answers to any of my remaining questions about prepositional phrases in any of their books. The authors frequently use the PPs I’m confused about in their own writing, but they don’t address them directly in their books. Huddleston points out a few types of adjuncts that can’t be directly questioned using When? Where? How? and Why? Having said that, it would seem that the ones he doesn’t point out as such should be “questionable.” All of the disjuncts and conjunct examples these sources present are simple to understand. And it makes sense that if the prepositional phrase is not a disjunct or conjunct, then it must be an adjunct. However, I should be able to see how a prepositional phrase adjunct fits into at least one of their models. Adjuncts don’t modify entire sentences, do they? I thought only disjuncts did that. So, there’s a bit more background on my questions. Thanks for your help!