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    Diagramming "not to mention"

    Would you kindly R-K:


    The early railroads received huge land grants, not to mention

    generous government loans.


    Thank you VERY much.

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    Re: Diagramming "not to mention"

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Would you kindly R-K:


    The early railroads received huge land grants, not to mention

    generous government loans.


    Thank you VERY much.
    I won't R-K it at the moment, but I think it is a way of euphemistically saying "and". "Not to mention" in fact means "to mention as well" i.e. "and".

    Like other recent posts, I think THAT is a good one. It could generate considerable debate.

    Nice going, Parser.

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    Re: Diagramming "not to mention"



    "Not to mention" is a quasi-coordinator. In this sentence, it functions as a coordinator linking the coordinated objects.

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    Re: Diagramming "not to mention"

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post


    "Not to mention" is a quasi-coordinator. In this sentence, it functions as a coordinator linking the coordinated objects.

    A MILLION thanks for the A - W -E - S - O - M -E diagram, which

    would delight any Reed-Kellogg devotee.

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    Re: Diagramming "not to mention"

    Why not put "not to mention" on the dashed line that usually joins compound direct objects? The diagram would be simpler.

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