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    Smile help with breaking down this sentence

    i am trying to wrap my head around breaking down this complicated sentence. I need to use the "four step procedure" for deciphering complicated sentences,so was hoping for a little guidence and assistance! :)

    "The children of divorce need to separate from guilty ties that bind them too closely to a troubled parent and to go on with their lives with compassion and love"

    Thanks for the assistance!
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    Lightbulb Re: help with breaking down this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by philosophygirl View Post
    i am trying to wrap my head around breaking down this complicated sentence.

    "The children of divorce need to separate from guilty ties that bind them too closely to a troubled parent and to go on with their lives with compassion and love"

    Thanks for the assistance!
    Hi, philosophy girl,
    the sentence means that children whose parents have been divorced. should not have a close relationship with either parents because of guilt. After all the children are not the ones to be blamed- but somehow they feel guilty. So the writer says that those children shouldn't be close to a parent because of guilt.Such a relationship doen't do any good to a child. Instead, they should go on with their lives, without negative feelings, but with love and compassion for other children who may suffer just like they did.

    I tried to be analytical but it is simple. One shouldn't cling on to situations that make him feel bad.

    Hope I have been of an assistance.

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    thank you! but i should have been more specific.... im needing to analyze this sentence using the "four step procedure" for diciphering complicated sentences and i have never used that procedure before!!!
    ive got a the basics of the nouns an verbs, but when it gets to conjunctions and and modifiers i get a little lost.... :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by philosophygirl View Post
    i am trying to wrap my head around breaking down this complicated sentence. I need to use the "four step procedure" for deciphering complicated sentences,so was hoping for a little guidence and assistance! :)
    The children of divorce need to separate from guilty ties that bind them too closely to a troubled parent and to go on with their lives with compassion and love"
    "

    Thanks for the assistance!
    Hi! I'm not a teacher.

    I'll try, but anyway it'd be better if done by an English teacher.

    A. The whole sentence:
    "The children of divorce need to separate from guilty ties that bind them too closely to a troubled parent and to go on with their lives with compassion and love."

    B. Division of the whole sentence into three clauses:

    1. "The children of divorce need to separate from guilty ties" - the main clause, where:
    "The children of divorce" is the subject;
    "need to separate from" is the verb;
    "guilty ties" is the object (of the transitive phrasal verb 'separate from');

    2. "that bind them too closely to a troubled parent" - the relative clause, where:
    "that" is the subject (here, the relative pronoun 'that' means the same as 'guilty ties');
    "bind" is the verb;
    "them" is the object (of the verb 'bind');
    "too closely to a troubled parent" is the adverbial (an adverb phrase);

    3. "and to go on with their lives with compassion and love." - the main (independent) clause which has a latent subject the children of divorce,
    a latent part of its verb need and can be written like that:
    "and the children of divorce need to go on with their lives with passion and love", where:
    "and" is a coordinating conjuction joining main clauses;
    "the children of divorce" is the latent subject;
    "need to go on with" is the verb with its latent part need;
    "their lives" is the object;
    "with compassion and love" is the adverbial.

    Now you can try to show it on a tree diagram.

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    wow no wonder i was having trouble wrapping my head around that method! that is crazy! thank you so much for taking the time to do that and help me out! much appriciated! and yes i am feeling like im more so in an english class than a philosophy one! so outta my element!!! :)

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    Default Re: help with breaking down this sentence

    Hi, philosophy girl,
    Sorry I did not realise what you were asking me to do. I thought you didn't undersand the meaning of the sentence. It didn't occur to me you wanted help to analyse it.
    Anyway excellent work omasta!!

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