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I've found that sentences so convoluted that they need to be diagrammed
usually contain factual errors once I parse them. If I can't understand
the engineer probably didn't either. Of course, I speak (and read)
From: Rose Wilcox[SMTP:RWILC -at- FAST -dot- DOT -dot- STATE -dot- AZ -dot- US]
I haven't found it much use in actual
*writing*; however, I have used it occasionally to parse a sentence
by an engineer or programmer. Sometimes diagramming a particularly
sentence has allowed me to discern what was meant, as opposed to what was