Sentence Diagramming

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Some people may consider me a bit odd. Today’s posting may confirm that belief.

Way back in high school, I was introduced to the “art” of diagraming sentences! Strange as it may seem, I actually enjoyed the task. I still look at it as a puzzle to solve and if done correctly it can help one to become a better writer.

From the site:

“Since part of the writing process involves editing our work, we need to know how to recognize complete thoughts and how to vary our sentence structure. This makes our writing more coherent as well as more interesting to read. Understanding the functions of parts of the speech in a sentence and their relationship to one another can be very helpful in learning to construct good sentences.”

“A sentence (to be a sentence) at the very least must have a Subject (noun or pronoun) and a Predicate (verb). The remaining words in a sentence serve to describe, clarify or give us more information about the subject or the verb. A diagram arranges the parts of a sentence like a picture in order to show the relationship of words and groups of words within the sentence. Let us take a look at how this is done. We will begin learning how to diagram sentences and use this tool to become better writers.”