Re: "How to Write a Sentence"

Subject: Re: "How to Write a Sentence"
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2011 07:27:30 -0500

On 01/31/2011 06:11 PM, Connie Giordano wrote:
> Do they teach sentence diagramming any more?

I suspect it's been abandoned because it is too hard to teach.
Diagramming of S-V-DO sentences with an adjective or two is easy. But
once you get into complicated sentences, there are too many possible
variations. Schoolteachers have enough trouble when a problem has only
one correct answer. It's murder when the students want to defend their
alternative answers, answers that just might be correct.

For example, try diagramming the last sentence of the above paragraph.
Then try teaching why your diagram is the only correct one.

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