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    Could someone please diagram this scripture verse? I sure would appreciate it.

    "By grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God - not of works, lest any man should boast."

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    Quote Originally Posted by joken2 View Post
    Could someone please diagram this scripture verse? I sure would appreciate it.

    "By grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God - not of works, lest any man should boast."
    Up to the semicolon is easy. After "that" comes a huge ellipsis (which is the first clause understood and acting as an appositive). "Is" is also understood.

    From "it" on, I think, should be punctuated as a separate sentence. From "lest" to the end is an absolute (or parenthetic) clause and should not be diagrammed attached to the first clause.

    Eventually I will get the knack of posting images here the way Kondorosi does. Then it will be clearer -- and way more fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    Eventually I will get the knack of posting images here the way Kondorosi does. Then it will be clearer -- and way more fun.
    This very moment has been holding me in eager anticipation since two weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    This very moment has been holding me in eager anticipation since two weeks ago.
    If you are holding your breath, don't.
    This is most unusual for you, Kondorosi, but your sentence is not smooth English. "Since...ago" doesn't work there. You need "for two weeks"
    The other part needs to run something like "I have been waiting in eager anticipation for this..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    "Since...ago" doesn't work there.
    Some people say it is not okay ; others say it is okay. What is wrong with it?


    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    The other part needs to run something like "I have been waiting in eager anticipation for this..."
    lf
    anticipation - Definition of anticipation noun from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus

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    Actually, I retract my criticism. Both are okay. The first (anticipation) is somewhat poetical -- personification. The second (since...ago) is just not quite the way a native speaker would say it. I don't think I can explain why. But it makes perfect sense.

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