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How do you sentence diagram a gerund when it does not act as the verb or the subject?

I am looking to diagram this quote from The Lord of the Rings:The Return of the King: "They kept going because they were holding on to something. That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, ...
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How to diagram a sentence with a verb in the subject complement

I'm working on a natural language processing project, and I'm trying to diagram sentence structures as XML. I've been through this excellent YouTube series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwDNiZsItbo ...
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What is the predicate part of the sentence in an "X is ___ed" pattern?

Basically, this derives from an NLP problem I am facing in software development. NLP stands for "Natural Language Processing", and it is ML dependent. Since it depends on ML, it is ...
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How would you diagram "He delights in his toys" [closed]

Settling a friendly argument: The sentence "He delights in his toys" seems to me to diagram with "in his toys" as an adverbial from the verb "delights". How would you ...
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What is the name of such type of diagrams?

I want to know what is the name of such type of diagrams? Searching for text syntax diagrams yields only railroad diagrams, but that is different type, not what I look for.
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Objective complement?

When diagramming "You heard me sing," would you form a clause as the direct object, with me as the subject of the verb sing (even though me is an objective pronoun)? Or, would you think of ...
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Was this subject complement diagrammed correctly?

The sentence is the following. I'm focusing on the part in bold: Feeding the goats is messy and time consuming. It's in this book. The author provides the following diagram: And I think it should ...
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How do you diagram a sentence that has a nominal phrase that is described by an adjective using the Reed-Kellogg system?

I have the following sentence: I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend. My understanding is that "holiday weekend" is a compound noun nominal phrase, since it would be incorrect to say &...
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Help me understand the structure of this sentence from Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse

I have some knowledge of English syntax with tree diagrams. Now, I'm learning traditional sentence diagramming. Of course, I want to challenge myself, and I chose to understand a sentence from ...
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Diagramming phrases of form “two miles from [something]”

How would you diagram “After the taxi dropped me off two miles from my apartment, I walked home”? I’m mostly wondering about the phrase “two miles”—would it make more sense to think of it as modifying ...
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I need help regarding sentence diagramming

How would you diagram a sentence in which two independent clauses are connected by a semicolon? Do you draw them the same as conjunctions, or is it something else? I looked around the internet and ...
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Diagramming "because of"

I'm reading an article by DWT (https://www.dailywritingtips.com/because-of-and-due-to/), and I'm unable to diagram I missed the class because of the rain. Do I treat because of as the head of ...
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How to diagram or breakdown the sentence : "What you think is right is not right"

I'm very confused. Is this correct. And between 'think' and 'is' which one is the main verb? Thank you
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Diagramming "Go play"

Was just reading a thread concerning the verbs "go" and "come" among others. The sentence I'm using is "You can go play." Wondering how to diagram the "go." Initially I wanted to use "go play" as ...
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How might I diagram this sentence? What kind of phrase is this?

I am trying to diagram this sentence Across the rolling sward, toward the tree line where the moonlight could not penetrate, a gaggle of ghouls slinked slowly, a singular purpose driving them on ...
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Referencing figures in charts

I'm going to do the IELTS academic test in a few weeks and have trouble describing charts. Basically I have no major problems regarding the English language, but I have difficulty expressing the ...
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Can an adjective modify a verb? How to identify word preposition modifies?

No one in that family can sit still for five minutes. Answer in textbook I've having a bit of trouble parsing the sentence. What form does 'still' take in this sentence? Dictionary says 'still' ...
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Can someone help me diagram this very confusing sentence? [closed]

Can someone help me diagram this very confusing sentence? The vase didn't look like I wanted it to. That is the sentence. My teacher said there is a participle, but I can't identify one. Thanks!
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Please help me with this long sentence, I don't know how to divide it

On page 11 of his 1996 book, A History of Western Political Thought, J.S. McClelland writes the following 78-word sentence: The constraints which a properly constituted polis based upon law were ...
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Diagramming a Sentence with a Causative Verb

For a Reed–Kellogg sentence diagram, how would you diagram a sentence with a causative verb like "made"? For example: The hot weather made her want to swim. I understand that "weather" is the ...
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How do you diagram: "I will have had been known to do that."?

I'm a middle school grammar teacher, and I am absolutely stumped on how to diagram the following sentence: I will have had been known to do that. I know "I" is the subject. I know "that" is the ...
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Is there a term for the linguistic phenomenon where a word in a sentence describes the sentence itself instead of just the elements in the sentence?

I'm thinking specifically of they way words like "frankly" are sometimes used in modern English. Take the sentence: "His speech was uninhibited, unprepared, and frankly insulting to half of his ...
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How do you diagram a sentence that does not contain a verb?

I am trying to do a structured sentence analysis of Ephesians 1. Verse one doesn't contain verb. It's a salutation/greeting. That should mean it would not be considered a "independent clause" right?...
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Why do we diagram sentences?

The one thing I never caught in English language studies is diagramming sentences. I understood much more when the focus was on rules of sentence structure instead of a tree that I then needed to ...
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What part of speech is ago? [duplicate]

Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. sbj: fathers ...
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The syntax of "have something done"

I'm trying to parse this sentence: I had to have my immune system completely wiped out with chemotherapy. sbj: I vrb: {had to} have obj: my immune system Is "completely wiped out with ...
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The function of all, both, and each

These pronouns, which seem to behave the same way, confound me. I'm always scratching my head whenever I come across them in a diagram. 1) All the students can go. 2) All of the students can go. 3) ...
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Can an infinitive be the object of a preposition?

"I found a place for Tom and Stacy to live." I first thought that the prepositional phrase "for Tom and Stacy" and the infinitive "to live" were separate phrases both modifying "place". Is it ...
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Extraposed clauses

"Before the war, you always think that it's not you that dies." - Ernest Hemmingway I'm having trouble diagramming this sentence. My question is about the subordinate clause in bold. Is the ...
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Sentence Diagramming: The bird in the tree sang happily

Diagramming: The bird in the tree sang happily I diagrammed the sentence correctly; but according to the author there is a potential trip to watch out for in the sentence she gave. She says: You ...
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I can't figure out why a sentence diagrammer says that a question that sounds correct cannot be diagrammed [closed]

I am helping a student study for the TOEFL exam and I used the website 1aiway.com to diagram sentences for me to check that they are correct. The website won't recognize sentences with adjective ...
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Grammatical name/function of "what" in the following sentence

I came across this sentence fragment among the instructions for a writing lab report: "Simply describe what the data that you collected." I feel like it should have an "are" at the end (minimally ...
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diagramming a N-AV-n-N sentence

Can you please diagram this sentence for me? Each brother contributed his particular talent to the project.
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Is this a correct English sentence: "I'm not quite well enough ready yet."

I was talking to someone recently and blurted out as I had to move on to another task "I am not quite well enough ready yet" which sparked a discussion about if that was correct English. Although I'll ...
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In which countries are sentence diagrams used in teaching English?

Until I watched "Weird Al" Yankovic's Word Crimes, I hadn't encountered a sentence diagram. (I was born and raised in Australia) Are they only used in teaching English in the United States, or in ...
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Trying to figure out proper form of "that" in sentence

I currently have the sentence "Seahorses are the only fish that practice steadfast monogamy." to tree diagram for class, and cannot freakin' figure out what the word "that" would be used as in this ...
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hybrid adjectives and how to diagram

This query is a follow-up from another question I asked a few days ago. I am still pondering how to best interpret the following phrase grammatically: "my brother's weapon" Could I categorize it as ...
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Can a gerund be modified by an adjective?

Is the sentence below grammatically correct? Good writing requires hard work. Or should it read: Writing well requires hard work. Can a gerund be modified by an adjective or must it be ...
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Technical terms for user-website interaction

I am making a context diagram of a website and I noticed that the words I used for a user and the website's interaction are not consistent or cohesive. I have been using the pairs of words below to ...
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Is There a Way to Remember Nouns, Verbs & Adjectives [closed]

Is there a simple and concise way to remember nouns, adjectives and verbs aside from poems? I am aware of a number of poems available to aid memory, but I am looking for something a lot more simple. ...
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Diagramming and use of please as interjection

When diagramming the sentence, "Simon, would you please sing now?", should I diagram Simon or you as the subject? Would you be diagrammed as pronoun and please as an interjection? I am trying to help ...
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Analysis (tree diagram) of "She hugged and kissed her mother"

I was wondering how linguists analyze sentences like "She hugged and kissed her mother" or "Will you have that with or without syrup?" or "Four and five are the square roots of sixteen and twenty-five,...
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Help diagramming a sentence [closed]

Can someone diagram this sentence: I thought it was best to let you decide to whom this needs forwarded. In addition, is the sentence grammatically correct? If not, why?
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Can someone help me diagram this sentence?

I'm trying to do a sentence/phrase analysis of the following sentence. I just can't figure out, what would “No matter the season” be (Adv. of ...) in terms of sentence elements. And the next question ...
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