How to Diagram Sentences
Sentence diagramming is the skill of structuring the sentences. It is the fundamental step of learning to write English. It is a pictorial representation of the grammatical structure that helps people create sentences that make sense grammatically. With this technique, people can also develop a skill of creating complex sentences. It is a technique that involves visually arranging the components of a sentence structure and parts of speech. Sentence diagramming is a smart way to find the best way of creating phrases. Step 1: Two Lines - Start diagramming your sentences using two lines. Draw a horizontal line and cut it by drawing a vertical line through the horizontal line. The side on the left of the vertical line represents the subject of the sentence; the other side houses the predicate. Step 2: Subject and Predicate - For basic sentence structuring, create a subject and a verb phrase to make an independent clause. The sentence makes sense without any other words added to it. Step 3: Building on the Independent Clause - Some sentences include the 'what’ and 'whom' elements, known as the direct object. Create another vertical line to the right of the predicate, and place the direct object there. Step 4: Increase Complexity - To enhance the quality of a sentence, additional modifiers are needed. This is where we need to discuss indirect objects. Direct objects are modified using the action verbs, and indirect objects are modified with direct objects. Draw a diagonal beneath your verb and connect it with the indirect object.
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A predicate adjective is an adjective that follows a linking verb to describe the subject of the sentence. When diagramming a sentence with a predicate adjective, place it on the same line with the subject and linking verb. The predicate adjective is separated from the linking verb by a short diagonal line that does not break through the horizontal line.