# Diagramming "let alone"

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• 10-Dec-2009, 22:56
TheParser
Diagramming "let alone"
Would some other Reed-Kellogg enthusiasts diagram: "He refused to acknowledge, let alone to stop, this injustice." I don't know where to connect the two infinitives with "let alone" and where to put the object, "this injustice." Thank you for any help from my fellow Reed-Kelloggians.
• 11-Dec-2009, 00:36
Frank Antonson
Re: Diagramming "let alone"
That is an interesting sentence -- for diagramming.
I think that the only way that you could diagram it is to supply a bunch of understood words l.e. consider it elliptical. Without the words "let alone" it could simply be considered as an appositive.
Interesting.
Of course, you could always cop out by calling "let alone stop" as an interjection or absolute phrase, or something like that.
• 11-Dec-2009, 00:38
Frank Antonson
Re: Diagramming "let alone"
"this injustice" is easy. It is the direct object.
• 11-Dec-2009, 00:48
Frank Antonson
Re: Diagramming "let alone"
I gave it some more thought.
"Let alone" is the problem. The word "or" (understood and therefore diagrammed with an "x") makes the second infinitive's place easy.
"Let alone" could probably be replaced with an "even" modifying the understood "or".
Ellipses help a lot.
I would be interested to hear other opinions.
The Linguist Farmer
• 11-Dec-2009, 14:24
TheParser
Re: Diagramming "let alone"
Quote:

Originally Posted by TheParser
Would some other Reed-Kellogg enthusiasts diagram: "He refused to acknowledge, let alone to stop, this injustice." I don't know where to connect the two infinitives with "let alone" and where to put the object, "this injustice." Thank you for any help from my fellow Reed-Kelloggians.

I thank the kind persons who answered. I shall study their suggestions carefully. Is there anyone who would like to provide an actual diagram. I know that most dismiss Reed-Kellogg diagrams, but I think they really do help one better understand parts of speech.
• 11-Dec-2009, 23:58
Frank Antonson
Re: Diagramming "let alone"
In what form do you want the diagram? It is not a hard sentence.
Linguist Farmer
And people shouldn't dismiss Reed-Kellogg. It is a disservice that Chomsky did.
Ibid.
• 12-Dec-2009, 11:34
TheParser
Re: Diagramming "let alone"
Quote:

Originally Posted by Frank Antonson
In what form do you want the diagram? It is not a hard sentence.
Linguist Farmer
And people shouldn't dismiss Reed-Kellogg. It is a disservice that Chomsky did.
Ibid.

Dear Sir: Thank you for your kind answer. I am looking for someone to diagram it using Reed-Kellogg. I'm glad you are also a fan of Reed-Kellogg. As the poet Gertrude Stein said: I really do not know that anything has ever been more exciting than diagramming sentences."
• 12-Dec-2009, 15:23
Frank Antonson
Re: Diagramming "let alone"
I think there is a real need, for those of us who like the sport, for software that is amenable to diagramming.
In the meantime, if you care to send my your email address, I think I could send you an image of the sentence diagrammed -- an image that I would scan.
My own email address is antonsonf@bedford.k12.pa.us
The Linguist Farmer
• 12-Dec-2009, 15:36
Frank Antonson
Re: Diagramming "let alone"
Well, I can't send you a private message yet, TheParser, so you sentence will have to wait until I do some more posting.
• 12-Dec-2009, 16:03
Frank Antonson
Re: Diagramming "let alone"
Actually, if you care enough to try, you could probably find me by using a search engine and looking up "competitive sentence diagramming"
Linguist Farmer aka Frank Antonson aka mr.bisse
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