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    Default tree diagram

    I wonder how the tree diagram would be for this sentence:

    I MUST HAVE GONE CRAZY


    I have made my own but i just want to make sure whether or not my diagram is correct.

    thanks

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    Default Re: tree diagram

    DhBlue.

    I would help you if I could, but I do not understand tree diagrams.

    As a Reed-Kellogg diagram, I would say that "went" becomes a linking verb like "became".

    "I became crazy" is easy to diagram. "I must have gone crazy", I guess, would diagram the same way.

    "Must have gone" I would consider a single verb phrase.

    Frank

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    Default Re: tree diagram (more help needed)

    thanks for trying to help, Frank Antonson

    please someone help me.

    the problem is in diagramming the: MUST HAVE are both considered AUX? or?

    i'm still curious...

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    Smile

    yeah both are aux. as u know u should state that the sentence consists of a verb phrase which in turns consists of two aux. + main verb..

    i hope that will be of benifit for u

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    Default Re: tree diagram (more help needed)

    Quote Originally Posted by DhBlue View Post
    thanks for trying to help, Frank Antonson

    please someone help me.

    the problem is in diagramming the: MUST HAVE are both considered AUX? or?

    i'm still curious...
    -As far as I remember, we used to count auxiliaries as sentence components, and not parts of verb phrases. That's what I remember.
    -Go crazy is a fixed expression. So it can be a phrase.

    Send your version, if you like.
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    Default Re: tree diagram

    I don't disagree with the other responders. It's just that in Reed-Kellogg a verb phrase is diagrammed as a whole i.e. as a "simple predicate".

    This could be regarded as a weakness in Reed-Kellogg. The auxiliaries, however, could be independently parsed by putting an abbreviation of their function over them. That would be regarded as morphology, however, not syntax, and would not work well within a Reed-Kellogg diagram.

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    Default Re: tree diagram

    thanks for helping guys

    chester100, i did draw my diagram exactly that way but not sure with the AUX AUX part.
    I mean, I was not sure whether or not two AUXs
    in a single tree-diagram would be considered correct.

    again, thanks a lot

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    Default Re: tree diagram

    I think we can't do it otherwise. Do you have any special suggestions?

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