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Dear Ted,

Would you please help me to parse the following sentence:

“The building, used as a school, was sold.”

I am having a very difficult time understanding - “used as a school”

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Rich

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Dear Rich:

Would you please help me to parse the following sentence:

“The building, used as a school, was sold.”

I am having a very difficult time understanding - “used as a school”

*** USED is the past participle of "to use."  As a participle, it functions as an adjective.
"Used as a school" is the complete participle phrase.  The participle phrase is made up of the participle and its modifiers.  In this case, "as a school" is an adverbial prepositional phrase telling HOW or IN WHAT WAY the school was used.

The sentence can also begin with the participle phase:  Used as a school, the building was sold.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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