syntax: what is 'lying' in 'sausages lying in the sand'?

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As above, in the phrase 'sausages lying in the sand' 'lying' is it AdjP (Adjective Phrase) or VP (Verb Phrase)?

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  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    What do AdjP and VP stand for, werta?

    You should write out abbreviations in full. :)
    We don't all use the same terminology, and people who could help you may not recognize the specific terms you are using.


    Senior Member
    USA English
    First of all, werta, we as for complete sentences as part of context. English words and phrases do not exist in a vacuum, but in a contextual framework.

    To answer your specific question, "lying" is the present participle of to lie.
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