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    How do I diagram this sentence?

    My friends and family from my house happily baked their cookies in my kitchen.

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    My friends and family from my house happily baked their cookies in my kitchen.

    Well, do you want me to diagram it for you? It has a compound subject and you will have to decide whether or not "from my house" modifies only "family" or also "friends".

    The prepositional phrase "in my kitchen" answers "where" about baked and should be placed under it.

    Now, if you know nothing of Reed-Kellogg diagramming, you should go to the site
    DIAGRAMMING SENTENCES
    and study up a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    How do I diagram this sentence?

    My friends and family from my house happily baked their cookies in my kitchen.
    SVO type, with compound subject (my friends and family...),"from my house" is a phrase/word modifier (here,family ) and "in my kitchen", an adverbial,or as in R.Quirk's term, an adjunct, a sentence modifier, as it could used as a focus of a cleft sentence, say, "It was in my kitchen that my blablabla.."

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    I am new to this forum, and not sure about how to "diagram" a sentence in a way acceptable in this forum as I can see clearly I have much to learn here. Any comments or guidance will be duely appreciated.MTIA.

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    Welcome,

    There are at least two languages of sentence diagramming present here. The one I use is an American language called Reed-Kellogg. It does not fit well with the British approach.
    Later today I will diagram that sentence. Well, maybe right now if I have time.

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    How do I diagram this sentence? You find the main thought of the sentence.

    My friends and family from my house happily baked their cookies in my kitchen.

    Friends . . and . .family / baked / cookies

    Frank did a great job in showing you how to diagram the sentence.

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    Thanks!

    I thought it was a little sloppy. I was in a hurry.

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    I found a site that will diagram a sentence for you. It is not perfect, but it is useful.

    Reed-Kellogg Diagrammer

    Enjoy!

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    I looked at it.

    I'll have to look a little more; but, to me, it seems to make the syntax unduly complicated. Another thing I like about Reed-Kellogg is the absence of terms in the diagram. For me, and I suspect many others, latinate terms are a put-off.

    Thanks for the research and input!

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    I've had more time to view that site, and it looks very interesting.

    I wonder what it will do with a genuinely complicated sentence like, say, the American "Pledge of Allegiance"?

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