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    how do i diagram this sentence

    My father's overalls and farm shirt are hanging behind the barn door and dripping on the horse's mane


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    My father's overalls and farm shirt are hanging behind the barn door and dripping on the horse's mane

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    You forgot to capitalize "My", the "are" you could put before the simple predicate splits and that way not have to have an understood "are", and I would suggest that you use parentheses only for appositives.
    Still, as ever, you do good work. Nice to be diagramming an easy sentence!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    You forgot to capitalize "My", the "are" you could put before the simple predicate splits and that way not have to have an understood "are", and I would suggest that you use parentheses only for appositives.
    Still, as ever, you do good work. Nice to be diagramming an easy sentence!
    I used the parentheses and not X's because I wanted to make sure the OP understood the missing words. In a competition, I would not be seen dead ill-using parentheses. 'My' is okay. REgarding 'are', in my view, this is a matter of taste. Thanks for the comments, Frank

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    You know, I think I realized that about your parentheses, you courteous fellow.
    The "are" however is not a matter of taste. It is a mistake. It governs both main verbs and does not need to be repeated.

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    You know, I think I knew that about your parentheses because you are such a courteous fellow.

    The "are", however, is a mistake. It governs both main verbs and does not need to be repeated.

    (I thought I posted this once already, but I will try again.)


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    My father's overalls and farm shirt are hanging behind the barn door and are dripping on the horse's mane.

    The second 'are' may be ellipted.

    QED

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