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When a sentence has 2 prepositional phrases, how I can determine whether the second prepositional phrase is a complement of the first prepositional phrase or it's an adjunct to the whole sentence? Like the sentence "I designed a car for humanity with a separated brake system"

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  • And like the sentence "i put the candel right in the middle of the pumpkin" Jul 18 '18 at 21:21
  • The accepted answer to that question is about the difference between arguments and adjuncts, and it essentially says that anything not an argument is an adjunct. That dismisses the original question by changing the terminology. I have my own habits in using the term complement, and I never use the term adjunct because it's ill-defined, but apparently there are other conventions, which would be useful to have explained clearly. The topic comes up a lot, and the answers are rarely helpful, it seems to me.
    – jlawler
    Jul 18 '18 at 22:38
  • @jlawler the objection is invalid: both questions refer to adjuncts, and if the accepted answer there answered a different question, by referring to arguments, well, it's a wrong answer. Jul 19 '18 at 1:44
  • If the accepted answer is a wrong answer, why refer anyone to it?
    – jlawler
    Jul 19 '18 at 2:22