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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 3:15:52 AM
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Their study, seeking a theoretical basis for teaching reading, found that words beyond the key 100 are used so rarely that the benefits of learning them are minimal. The research is currently being submitted for publication.
https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/education/2005/dec/09/research.highereducation
What is the grammatical form and function of "seeking...for teaching reading" and what does it modify or refere to?
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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 6:25:24 PM

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Jigneshbharati wrote:
What is the grammatical form and function of "seeking...for teaching reading" and what does it modify or refer to?

It is a participle phrase, acting as an adjective.
It describes 'their study'.

The phrase "for teaching reading" is a prepositional phrase, acting as an adjective, describing "basis".

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 1:09:20 AM
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Thanks. Could it be appositive?
Audiendus
Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 7:49:31 AM
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Jigneshbharati wrote:
Could it be appositive?


Well, I suppose it could. "Seeking" would then be a gerund, equivalent to "a search for". But I think it is more natural to regard "seeking..." as a participle phrase acting adjectivally, as Drag0nspeaker has said.
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