(1) Thank you for your beautiful diagrams.
(2) I can hardly type these words let alone post a diagram.
(3) If we accept the idea of a negative appositive, then I believe that an appositive
(positive or negative) should be diagrammed with parentheses:
Usingenglish.com (a leading English helpline) / is/ famous.
(4) Now let's have a negative appositive such as:
California, not Texas, has the most people. / California has the most people, not Texas.
(a) I believe we would R-K it as:
California (Texas)/ has/ people.
(i) we would put "most" on a diagonal line under "people."
(ii) I always get confused where to put "the." Does it go on its own diagonal line under "people," or does it go on a bent line under "most"?
(iii) The million dollar question is: where does "not" go?
(a) I propose writing "not" on a short line above and to the left of "Texas," with a dotted line leading down and connecting to the horizontal line.
(5) Thanks to Mr. Antonson, usingenglish.com is the only English helpline that
offers a forum devoted to questions about Reed-Kellogg. I hope that he offers us
his "map" of the sentence.
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