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August 25, 2014

Sentence Diagramming

Many years ago, back when I was in elementary school, diagramming sentences was a basic staple of every English or writing class.

The idea is actually quite simple...

...and it is a great way to highlight the subjects or verbs of a sentence and how they are modified by adverbs or adjectives.

I don't know if this framework works in other languages, but I'm guessing it must.

The essential idea is that you take a typical sentence and diagram it - it is kind of like drawing a blueprint, but instead of a building, you analyze and present a sentence in a visual form.

Here's an article you can read or listen to - http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/08/22/341898975/a-picture-of-language-the-fading-art-of-diagramming-sentences?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20140822.

As I mentioned above, I grew up diagramming sentences. I'm not sure I found it terribly helpful at the time, but I am sure that I have incorporated the basic principles in my writing since then. In other words, I may not have liked or appreciated it, but I am certain it has made me a better writer.

Let me know what you think and whether you find it useful or not.

Morf

Also, Morf just might be available to visit your school or agency this coming September. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com.

Posted by mmorf at August 25, 2014 12:18 AM

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