A clause often has one or more adverbial phrases:

  • The children laughed happily.
    (N + V + Adv)
  • All the girls are learning English at school in the second year.
    (N + V + N + Adv + Adv)
  • Last year Mary and the family were driving to Madrid in an old bus.
    (Adv + N + V + Adv + Adv)
  • She put the flowers carefully in a vase.
    (N + V + N + Adv + Adv)




Hello Peter:
Could you tell me if this example has a mistake.
All the girls are learning English at school in the second year.
(N + V + Adv + Adv)
Because for me is: (N + V + N + Adv + Adv)
Thank you
Thank you

Thank you Peter, but the example is in this page...

Hello again Patricia,

My apologies! We have had many questions similar to this from some users - asking us to parse sentences from elsewhere - and I assumed this was another such question, but I see it is related to the page.

You are quite right that the sentence should be N + V + N + A + A and I have corrected the information on the page. Well done! Spotting an error like that shows that you really understand the information and are reading perceptively. Thank you!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Peter! I am very grateful for all your help.
Best whishes,

Hello Patricia Susana,

I'm afraid we don't provide this sort of help. Generally, we don't deal with homework or similar tasks from outside of our site - if we tried to do so then we'd never stop!

There are online parsing sites which you can use to analyse simple sentences. Just type 'online parsing' into a search engine and you'll find multiple sites, free to use online. Try your sentence in several and compare the results.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I did the exercise well and perfectly got 100 point.

Thank you for your answer peter M
I find the site learnenglish very helpfull for me and I am leraning here a lot of interesting new things.
Despite the fact that I know some English words and that I can understand a bit when I read some English texts, I am not very good in making grammatically correct sentences and in choosing the appropriate words to express what I want to.
So sorry if my previous question is not very intersting for this site but all I wanted to know is whether we consider "Learning English" a verb or a verb + noun?
thank you again very much.

Hi hafid oran,

In the sentence you first asked about, 'are learning' is a verb and 'English' is a noun that is the object of that verb.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Coud someone help me please ?
What is the pattern of the clause "All the girls are learning English at school in the second year." is it (N+V+Adv+Adv) or (N+V+N+Adv+Adv)?
Thank you for your answer.

Hello hafid oran,

This is a site for language learners rather than linguistics students and we do not deal with issues of parsing for that reason. However, if you want to parse a sentence then you can use an online tool:




I hope those links are helpful.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team