Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: May 2010
    • Posts: 551
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    if,entertaining as I do

    and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if,entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.
    Please analyse the adverbial clause,Thanks a lot!

  1. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 15,854
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: if,entertaining as I do

    Your problem is presumably that you haven't met the archaic expression 'to entertain an opinion', which means 'to have/hold...'. Today, if you 'entertain an idea' you adopt it tentatively and in a non-commital way, but this sort of 'entertain' is more definite.

    b

  2. Frank Antonson's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 1,151
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: if,entertaining as I do

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if,entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.
    Please analyse the adverbial clause,Thanks a lot!

    It is tempting to R-K this sentence. (But I feel lazy). "As I do..." and "entertaining...theirs" are parenthetical and not essential to the structure of the sentence. I believe that such clauses and phrases are called "absolute" and are simply diagrammed on the side.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: May 2010
    • Posts: 551
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: if,entertaining as I do

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    It is tempting to R-K this sentence. (But I feel lazy). "As I do..." and "entertaining...theirs" are parenthetical and not essential to the structure of the sentence. I believe that such clauses and phrases are called "absolute" and are simply diagrammed on the side.
    I don't know the meaning of "R-K".Can I understand the "if...theirs" like this: if I am having opinions of a character which were very opposite to theirs,as I do?
    Thanks!

  3. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 15,854
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: if,entertaining as I do

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    I don't know the meaning of "R-K".Can I understand the "if...theirs" like this: since I have opinions of a character which violently/extremely/diammetrically opposed to theirs as I do
    Thanks!
    You have the right idea, but I've changed the words a bit. I gather that 'R-K' is a system that involves representing syntactic relations by diagrams - popular in the USA.

    b

  4. Frank Antonson's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 1,151
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: if,entertaining as I do

    "R-K" is this site's abbreviation for "Reed-Kellogg". Yes, it is an American system for diagramming syntax. Wikipedia explains it well. Unlike other systems, it only uses the diagram and the sentence -- no terms or abbreviations.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: May 2010
    • Posts: 551
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: if,entertaining as I do

    Thanks for your help!


    • Join Date: Aug 2010
    • Posts: 1
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #8

    Re: if,entertaining as I do

    This is a wonderful post. The things given are unanimous and needs to be appreciated by everyone.
    --------
    vernon getzler

  5. Frank Antonson's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 1,151
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #9

    Re: if,entertaining as I do


  6. Frank Antonson's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 1,151
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #10

    Re: if,entertaining as I do

    Well, I am trying to post a diagram of that sentence, but I am having trouble -- with the posting, not the diagram.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •