In these clauses or sentences "I love those "I love you" messages" or "I hate those "I love you" messages",

Is this "phrase" or "clause", "I love you", before a noun like "messages" an adjective modifier?

  • Direct quotes can be anything at all; they're not factored into grammatical analysis.
    – jlawler
    Dec 6, 2020 at 0:14
  • When you say "Direct quotes can be anything at all", What is "anything"? Dec 6, 2020 at 7:08
  • I think I see that you said "direct quotes are not factored into grammatical analysis" but why are direct quotes not factored into grammatical analysis when I think they might be in sentences or they might be part of grammar, sentences, or words? Dec 6, 2020 at 7:09
  • Because what comes out of our mouths and into our ears is not always language. One can't "say" a fortissimo B♭ chord played by a trombone quartet, but one can say any string of words at all and it can be reported as They said <random string of words> and parsed as a simple sentence.
    – jlawler
    Dec 6, 2020 at 15:39
  • Considering that you said “they’re not shown in grammatical analysis”, what is “grammatical analysis”? Dec 10, 2020 at 5:55


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