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    Re: Diagramming

    That's really cool! It seems to have trouble, though, with complicated sentences.
    It couldn't do "Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go."

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    Re: Diagramming

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    That's really cool! It seems to have trouble, though, with complicated sentences.
    It couldn't do "Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go."

    Yep, it has its limitations, but for simple sentences, it works. Can you suggest a better diagrammer?

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    Re: Diagramming

    No, nothing better. In fact, I've never seen anything like it.
    I would like to know more about who designed that program.
    I suspect that with enough more work the program could be made to diagram any sentence.
    Surely, this must be the work of a very serious linguist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    No, nothing better. In fact, I've never seen anything like it.
    I would like to know more about who designed that program.
    I suspect that with enough more work the program could be made to diagram any sentence.
    Surely, this must be the work of a very serious linguist.
    I'm certain that it involved a lot of effort, but you are right, it could be better.


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    Re: Diagramming

    It didn't pick up my comma splice.


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    Re: Diagramming

    Dear Eric Davis,

    It is SO nice to hear from another voice that understands Reed-Kellogg.

    "in saying" is a prepositional phrase with a gerund as its object. But who, the hell, cares? The point is that you understand this language.

    Please post more!

    Frank

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    Re: Diagramming

    Also, "a" modifies "lot", and "right" is a predicate adjective; but, again, who, the hell, cares?

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    Re: Diagramming

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    Also, "a" modifies "lot", and "right" is a predicate adjective; but, again, who, the hell, cares?

    I care about it because I am a student of the language. I didn't give my teachers the attention that they deserved when I was in school, so I am now studying the basics of my own language, but I am enjoying myself as I learn more. Diagramming is simply another tool that helps better my understanding. So, if you come across a program that offers superior capabilities, send me an email.

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    Re: Diagramming

    I doubt if I will find a better program, and I understand that they are still working on that one. What I COULD send you as an email attachment is a set of images of notes I used when I was teaching grammar and syntax. They form two little and very concise yet complete booklets.

    Let me know.

    I would not rely on that program alone, however. I typed in "The sun turned the apples red." It appeared that the program could not recognize an objective complement and the diagram that came out was quite wrong.

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    Re: Diagramming

    Oh, another thing. In your post #15 "saying" is a gerund and not part of the main verb. It is the object of the preposition "in".

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