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Postby Proofrdr » 27 Feb 2014, 11:46

I found this today and have been going happy nuts looking through the entries. Any of you who were taught to diagram sentences--a great way to understand the interconnectedness and function of sentence parts--and who learned to love it as I did, well, you'll get a kick out of this too. If that's not your cuppa, just seeing the first sentences of so many great novels is a bit of joy in and of itself. Click on the image to go to the site and then again to enlarge to readability.

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Re: For the Language Geeks

Postby wildlx » 27 Feb 2014, 22:21

Do you really teach how to do those diagrams in high school :scared:. I've never learned anything as complex. Looking at the quotes I was caught by the opening sentence of Lolita. Has anyone read it? I've always refused to read it - frankly I'm not interested in a pedophile story or, more to the point, the defense of pedophilia - and I've always wondered why people always seem to forget the main theme of the novel when lauding the book.
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Re: For the Language Geeks

Postby Proofrdr » 27 Feb 2014, 23:23

We stopped teaching diagramming in the late 60's. In some ways, it's a shame because it helped the student to see the inter-relationship of sentence components. It worked very well for those of us who were required to study Latin for 4 years and were reading Ovid and Cicero and Vergil. It helped our own writing by preventing such errors as misplaced or dangling modifiers and run-on sentences, and it gave us the wherewithal to write compound-complex sentences of great length. It may look scary, but it was a good tool at the time.
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Re: For the Language Geeks

Postby ElaineB » 28 Feb 2014, 01:05

I remember doing them in school, but no longer remember how to. I wish I did because, as Proof says, it helps understand how sentences are structured. When I edit, I'm often left saying, well, it isn't right, but I don't know why. lol
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Re: For the Language Geeks

Postby Proofrdr » 28 Feb 2014, 04:32

That's exactly how I still use them, Elaine. Diagramming parses out the sentence for me. If I set up the diagram and a word, phrase, or clause has nothing to connect to, then it doesn't belong.
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Re: For the Language Geeks

Postby Baker » 28 Feb 2014, 06:32

I've never seen anything like it. BTW I can't get your diagram link to work, Proof.

Wild: The closest I came to reading Lolita was being caught bored to death and having only a copy of Lolita in one of those tiny book formats to read. I didn't finish it.
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Re: For the Language Geeks

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Re: For the Language Geeks

Postby wildlx » 28 Feb 2014, 13:00

Baker wrote:Wild: The closest I came to reading Lolita was being caught bored to death and having only a copy of Lolita in one of those tiny book formats to read. I didn't finish it.

lol Better being bored to death than finishing the book?
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Re: For the Language Geeks

Postby Proofrdr » 28 Feb 2014, 13:35

I couldn't finish it either. Disgusting premise and the MC was anything but a sympathetic character.
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