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In this sentence, "Thanks for reserving a court", what parts of speech are "for reserving" and "a court", respectively? Been racking my brain & can't figure it out.

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    For reserving a court is a prepositional phrase; for is the preposition, and the gerund clause (a noun clause, like all gerund clauses) reserving a court is the object of the preposition. In the gerund clause, reserving is the actual gerund, the verb. A court is a noun phrase, the direct object of reserving. The fact that reserving has an object is why we can be certain it's a gerund, because they're verbs and can have direct objects. – John Lawler Apr 23 at 21:34
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    This is the answer. – Carly Apr 23 at 23:19
  • "For" is a preposition that has the gerund-participial clause "reserving a court" as its complement. The clause has the gerund-participial verb "reserving" as head and the NP "a court" as Od. – BillJ Apr 24 at 5:57

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