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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post

    Fantastic diagram. A million thanks.

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    Now, here are two harder sentences to diagram. They are a study in ellipsis

    If not us, who
    ? If not now, when?

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    [QUOTE=Frank Antonson;680252]Now, here are two harder sentences to diagram. They are a study in ellipsis

    If not us, who? If not now, when?[/QUOTE

    I guess this is one of those situations that cry aloud, "Context!!!"

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    I suppose so, but it can still be diagrammed -- with enough "x"'s for understood words.

    Notice that there is no verb and no noun in it -- just conjunctions, pronouns, and adverbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    Now, here are two harder sentences to diagram. They are a study in ellipsis

    If not us, who? If not now, when?
    How about:

    If [it is ] not us/we, who [will/can do it]? A question after someone's

    saying, " We are in no position to stop the violence in X land."

    If [it can] not [be done] now, when [can it be done]? A question after

    someone's saying,"This controversial policy cannot be passed by

    Congress at the present time."

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    Yes, back years ago when I showed this to students, I diagrammed it something like that, using as few understood words as possible. I have the diagram in school. On Monday I'll look at it.

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