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Dear Ted,

Would you please tell me if I have parsed the following sentences correctly:

"I have five cups."
I  =  subject
have  =  transitive verb
five  =  adjective that modifies "cups"
cups  =  direct object

"How many cups do you have?"
you  =  subject
do   =  auxiliary verb
have  =  verb
cups  =  direct object
many  =  adjective that modifies  "cups"
how  =  adverb that modifies "many"

Thank you

Sincerely,

Rich

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Dear Rich:

Would you please tell me if I have parsed the following sentences correctly:

"I have five cups."
I  =  subject
have  =  transitive verb
five  =  adjective that modifies "cups"
cups  =  direct object

*** No errors here.

"How many cups do you have?"
you  =  subject
do   =  auxiliary verb
have  =  verb
cups  =  direct object
many  =  adjective that modifies  "cups"
how  =  adverb that modifies "many"

*** And no errors on the second one.  Rich, if you want to keep the consistency, mark "have" in the second sentence as a "transitive verb," just as you did in the first.

Very good!

Ted

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