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    Default How in the world to diagram this!

    On the "Ask a Teacher" forum, there is a raging battle (OK, it's not that fierce) about how to interpret a sentence something like this:

    Nowadays traveling to foreign countries is often like watching TV, channel surfing through a bombardment of images too fast to understand them.

    Would you please Reed-Kellogg this sentence? The teachers do not agree as to the grammatical role of "channel surfing ... understand them."

    Thanks a million.

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    Default Re: How in the world to diagram this!

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    On the "Ask a Teacher" forum, there is a raging battle (OK, it's not that fierce) about how to interpret a sentence something like this:

    Nowadays traveling to foreign countries is often like watching TV, channel surfing through a bombardment of images too fast to understand them.

    Would you please Reed-Kellogg this sentence? The teachers do not agree as to the grammatical role of "channel surfing ... understand them."

    Thanks a million.
    That sentence does not appear hard to me. I would supply either the word "and" or the word "that is" and then treat "watching" and "channel surfing" either as two items in a compound object of a preposition, or else the second one as an appositive in that object of a preposition.

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    Default Re: How in the world to diagram this!

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    That sentence does not appear hard to me. I would supply either the word "and" or the word "that is" and then treat "watching" and "channel surfing" either as two items in a compound object of a preposition, or else the second one as an appositive in that object of a preposition.
    Brilliant idea to treat the comma as a substitute for "and."

    Reed-Kellogg rocks!

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    Default Re: How in the world to diagram this!

    Yes it does.

    In about another week I am going to begin to ease my online students into the art.

    Frank

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