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    Sentences as flowers

    When I was in college, I briefly studied botany. One of the best things about the study was to dissect flowers under a stereoscopic microscope. A tulip has all of the parts -- pistil, stamen, petals, anthers, etc. In a tulip they are easy to see. I didn't make a botanist, but I never forgot the beauty that I saw. Sentences are like that -- at least when diagrammed in the R-K way.
    They are individually beautiful. So many of the parts are there, but they are arranged in such a varied fashion.

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    Re: Sentences as flowers

    A tulip has all of the parts -- pistil, stamen, petals, anthers, etc. In a tulip they are easy to see.

    Also with Orchids,Fuchias,Honeysucles,and many more you can see all the parts.


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    Re: Sentences as flowers

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    When I was in college, I briefly studied botany. One of the best things about the study was to dissect flowers under a stereoscopic microscope. A tulip has all of the parts -- pistil, stamen, petals, anthers, etc. In a tulip they are easy to see. I didn't make a botanist, but I never forgot the beauty that I saw. Sentences are like that -- at least when diagrammed in the R-K way.
    They are individually beautiful. So many of the parts are there, but they are arranged in such a varied fashion.
    We can draw further analogies between the corresponding parts.

    - The keen blade of a scalpel is to a tulip as a keen mind is to a sentence.
    - A microscope is to a tulip as a set of eager eyes are to a sentence.
    - A pistil is to a flower as a VP is to a sentence.
    - A stamen is to a flower as an indirect object is to a ditransitive verb.
    - I do not make a grammarian, but I will never forget the beauty that I see with the aid of RK.

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    Re: Sentences as flowers

    Kondorosi,
    I can't see that you won't make a grammarian, but I liked the rest of what your said.
    Something in my comparison that I failed to mention is that in looking at an orchid, say, through a stereoscopic microscope, one is not looking at the labels or names of the parts, but rather at the parts themselves with their endlessly varied architecture. R-K is similar in that there are no labels -- just the sentence itself displayed.

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    Lacretstreet,

    Tahitian! -- Wow! Its syntax must be interesting!

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    ...I guess..anyway ,flowers are great! We decorate with flowers all the time...

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    Re: Sentences as flowers

    Yes they are! And I bet you have some amazingly beautiful ones in Tahiti!
    Don't people speak French in Tahiti? As well as Tahitian?
    Does that mean that you speak four languages?


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    Re: Sentences as flowers

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    Sentences are like that -- at least when diagrammed in the R-K way.
    Hello teacher Frank,
    Hope you are doing fine. Please tell me what is R-K stands for.
    Thanks

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    Re: Sentences as flowers

    Hi there, Knowledge,

    R-K stands for "Reed-Kellogg", a system of diagramming sentences that they developed in the late 1800's and which, until about 30 years ago, was used widely in the USA to teach syntax.
    DIAGRAMMING SENTENCES
    is a site that nicely shows you most of it quickly.

    Remember, you are probably the first ever to use the system for Urdu.

    Frank


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    Re: Sentences as flowers

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    Hi there, Knowledge,

    R-K stands for "Reed-Kellogg", a system of diagramming sentences that they developed in the late 1800's and which, until about 30 years ago, was used widely in the USA to teach syntax.
    DIAGRAMMING SENTENCES
    is a site that nicely shows you most of it quickly.

    Remember, you are probably the first ever to use the system for Urdu.

    Frank
    Thanks for explaining "Reed-Kellogg". I am glad teacher that I am the first one who use the sytem in urdu, thanks for introducing it to me :)

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