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How does one diagram this sentence:

Who made him jump into the pit?

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Why don't you have a go at it yourself first, and ask us here to check it? –  Cerberus Apr 21 '11 at 3:22
    
What do you mean by "diagram this sentence"? –  kiamlaluno Apr 21 '11 at 10:40
    
@kiamlaluno: see here, for example. –  RegDwigнt Apr 21 '11 at 11:27
    
Do you want a grammatical analysis or the logical one? Because they are different, you know. –  Alenanno Apr 21 '11 at 14:17
    
@kiamlaluno: I suspect its' more en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentence_diagram, which it appears was once widely taught in American schools. –  Colin Fine Apr 21 '11 at 20:55
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Here's my answer. I welcome comments to confirm or else correct.


This is an active causative sentence.

Who - Interrogative pronoun

made - Transitive Causative Verb

him - 3rd Person Objective Pronoun - Direct Object of the verb 'made'

jump - base form of verb

into the pit - Prepositional phrase /Adverbial


into - prepostion

the pit - Object of the preposition 'into'


the - Definite Article

pit - Noun

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Is 'him' the direct object, or the indirect object? It occurs to me that cutting "jump into the pit" off the sentence changes the meaning if him is the DO. –  andrewdotnich Apr 21 '11 at 12:51
    
Hey, @andrewdotnich. Thanks for the edit. I would say that 'him' is direct because the verb 'made' is causative, so it doesn't have the same meaning as it would otherwise. However, I see your point and am not completely sure. –  Karl Apr 21 '11 at 15:24
    
I realise that for the diagram, I've skipped a few steps but I'm not entirely sure how to do it on here, graphological-ly speaking. –  Karl Apr 21 '11 at 15:27
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