Re: Subtly bad sentence construction

Subject: Re: Subtly bad sentence construction
From: Richard Hamilton <dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 12:47:06 -0700

When I was a sophomore in high school, my English teacher, in an attempt to be cool, tried to diagram the following line from Somebody to Love by Jefferson Airplane:

Your eyes, I say your eyes may look like his
Yeah, but in your head, baby, I'm afraid you don't know where it is.

About halfway through, he got stuck (somewhere around "but in your head, baby, ..."). Highly entertaining, and, as far as I can recall (it's been a few years; that song was current when this happened:-), that was the end of sentence diagramming in his class.

Richard
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On May 29, 2015, at 13:34, John G <john -at- garisons -dot- com> wrote:

> I got out of that in freshman HS English class when I asked my teacher to
> diagram the last sentence in Ulysses ... you know, just to show me how it's
> done
>
> Still a wise ass ...
>
>
> JG
>
> On Fri, May 29, 2015 at 4:07 PM, Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
>
>> I was never taught to diagram sentences, and sometimes I think I missed
>> out.
>>
>> On Fri, May 29, 2015 at 3:53 PM, Margaret Cekis <
>> margaret -dot- cekis -at- comcast -dot- net>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> When all else fails, I go back to diagramming the sentence, and both of
>>> those are doozies.
>>> Margaret Cekis, Johns Creek GA

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