My son (in a Gymnasium in Germany) had some homework today that stumped me. He has to identify the Attribute in a set of sentences. Some of them were easy:
Plötzlich hören sie im Keller des Hauses merkwürdige Geräusche.
Going by the Wikipedia article I've linked above, in this sentence, des Hauses would be a Substantivgruppe als Genitivattribut modifying Keller, and merkwürdige would be an Adjektiv attribute modifying Geräusche.
But this one left me quite puzzled:
Da sieht er die Katze der Nachbarn verschreckt in der Ecke sitzen.
Clearly der Nachbarn is another Substantivgruppe als Genitivattribut modifying die Katze. I'm up in the air about the rest.
I would guess that verschreckt can't modify die Katze due to its position. I would also guess that sitzen is a verb, not an attribute.
But what about in der Ecke? Can it modify die Katze, or must it modify sitzen, and why? And how exactly would one describe what sitzen does in this sentence?