I recently asked this question: Parts of speech and functions: "Bob made a book collector happy the other day"
The question asks for the structure of the sentence:
- Bob made a book collector happy the other day.
In particular, it asks for the relevant parts of speech and functions of the words in the sentence. It also asks for some evidence for the relevant categories. Apparently this question is too broad, and has been closed. I am a bit puzzled by this, as it seem to me an answer would be relatively straightforward, and look something like this:
- Bob [POS function]; made [POS function];
- a [POS function]; book [POS function]; collector [POS function]
- happy [POS function];
- the [POS function]; other [POS function]; day [POS function].
Evidence: book here is an X, we can see this because we can modify it with Ys, it can't be modified by Zs. Happy is a W because it's Q-able, and T-able. XYZ is clearly an adjunct because we can move it to the following positions.
This doesn't seem ridiculously broad to me, and seems an eminently appropriate question for an English Language and Usage site for linguists, etymologists and serious English language enthusiasts. Here is a question in which I gave an analysis of three different sentences: "has scientists excited" or "has excited scientists"?.
I wonder if people could clarify for me how I might improve the question or explain exactly why it is too broad. Or, if I have persuaded any gentle readers here that this question is reasonable, then your reopen votes would be useful to help this, imo, interesting question be reopened.