# the english language,　phrased

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by sevenblu, Feb 13, 2007.

1. ### sevenblufeeling bluRegistered Senior Member

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I am having trouble understanding the parts of speech in the phrase "The lamb was too hot to eat." I know that the phrase is structural ambigious, but cannot create the two seperate phrase structure trees because I dont know what the label is for "to eat." The last to words of the sentence are not a prepositional phrase because there is not direct object -- so I am stumped...

My GUESS?

the - article
lamb - noun
is - verb
to - participle?
eat - verb?

Thanks for any help -- I know this isnt an english forum, but we`re filled with bright people...