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    I'm having phrasal verb problems!

    I run a sentence diagramming website, and I like to diagram quotes from celebrities on one section of my site.

    You can see my problem on this page:

    Walt Disney Quotes- Diagrammed

    The second quote is, "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."

    Since making the diagram, I now know that "come true" is a phrasal verb, but I have no idea how to diagram it!

    Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EnglishGrammarRevolution View Post
    I'm having phrasal verb problems!

    I run a sentence diagramming website, and I like to diagram quotes from celebrities on one section of my site.

    You can see my problem on this page:

    Walt Disney Quotes- Diagrammed

    The second quote is, "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."

    Since making the diagram, I now know that "come true" is a phrasal verb, but I have no idea how to diagram it!

    Any ideas?
    'come true' is a multi-word linking verb construction, an idiomatic verb-adjective combination. Semantically, 'come' is a verb of occurence (reports an event that comes true without an actor). Regarding its syntactical function, it is a linking verb. Your diagram is fine, in my opinion. However, there is one I cannot be at one with:

    The way to get started is to [(quit talking) and (begin doing)].

    My SmartDraw program is playing up. I can't post my diagram right now. :(



    Fixed it.
    Last edited by Kondorosi; 03-Jan-2010 at 17:35.

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    Two small things on the "All our dreams..." sentence. First, "All" needs to be capitalized and second in the infinitive phrase at the end there is a direct object -- not predication -- so the descending line should stop at the base line.

    I agree with Kondorosi about the second one.

    Keep up the good work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    Two small things on the "All our dreams..." sentence. First, "All" needs to be capitalized and second in the infinitive phrase at the end there is a direct object -- not predication -- so the descending line should stop at the base line.

    I agree with Kondorosi about the second one.

    Keep up the good work.

    Frank
    Frank, I admire your ability to notice details. The subordinator links the VP's, yes. The broken line goes diagonally down to the verb 'have'.

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    EnglishGrammarRevolution is a website that I am trying to help. The woman who maintains the site is very interested in what we are doing. I recommend that you check it out, if you haven't already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    EnglishGrammarRevolution is a website that I am trying to help. The woman who maintains the site is very interested in what we are doing. I recommend that you check it out, if you haven't already.
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    Wow, thanks for all of the information, Kondorosi and Frank.

    What does the small x after "doing" represent in the diagram?

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    An "x" in a Reed-Kellogg diagram stands for a word that is understood. The process is called ellipsis. Many, many naturally spoken sentences are loaded with elliptical phrases and clauses.
    R-K even used the "x" for an understood subject in a command instead of a "you" within parentheses. I prefer their way because within their system parentheses are used for appositives and appositive phrases.
    If you look at my diagram for , I think it was, "Diagramming Shakespeare 7" you will see how much of that thought -- "That which we call a rose..." is elliptical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EnglishGrammarRevolution View Post
    Wow, thanks for all of the information, Kondorosi and Frank.

    What does the small x after "doing" represent in the diagram?
    Valency reduction. I put that 'x' there because I view 'doing' in the sentence as a mutilated verb: it has been deprived of its obligatory complement (direct object).

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    The sentence works without anything being understood there. If something must be understood, it would be a word like "something" which would be a direct object of "doing".

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