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He was the first one OUT. Options
Maggie Q
Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:56:58 AM
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He was the first one OUT.

Question 1: In this case, the adverb 'out' is the complement of the pronoun 'one,' right?

Question 2: As for the syntax, what kind of sentence element does the adverb 'out' function as? Why?
TheParser
Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 5:41:31 PM
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I have found some info that may interest you.

Four respected scholars in their book give this sentence:

"The way out was hard to find."

Those scholars feel (that) that sentence is a shorter version of something like: "The way which leads out of the auditorium was hard to find."

a. In my opinion, "which leads out of the auditorium" is an adjective/relative clause that modifies "way."
b. In my opinion, "out" is an adverb that modifies the verb "leads."



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The following is ONLY my opinion. So it could EASILY be wrong.

I was wondering whether we could parse your sentence something like this:

"When the movie ended, he was the first one who came out of the theater."

a. "who came out of the theater" is an adjective/relative clause that modifies "(the first) one."
b. "out" modifies the verb "came."




Those four scholars are Doctors Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik in their A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (1985 edition).






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