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    Frank Antonson1 is offline Junior Member
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    Re: I need help diagramming a sentence.

    You could say it that way if you want to.

    Reed-Kellogg calls it an objective complement.

    I use the example "The sun made the tomatoes ripe", which is like "The sun made the tomatoes (to be) ripe".

    Hence, "You made the project (how) formal."

    Objective complements are not widely understood or recognized.

    Thanks for watching.

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    Re: I need help diagramming a sentence.

    Many of the choices you make in terms of what types of words to include, how formal you want the written project to be, and how you use creative aspects of language like analogies and metaphors will also contribute to your own individual writing style.
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    Subject=Many
    No, "many" is the head of the subject noun phrase "many of the choices you make in terms of what types of words to include, how formal you want the written project to be, and how you use creative aspects of language like analogies and metaphors".
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    Transitive Verb = will contribute Direct object=to your own individual writing style.
    "Will contribute" is not a verb; it's two verbs, the modal "will" and the intransitive verb "contribute". It's intransitive because it takes a PP complement ("to your own individual writing style"), not an object. PPs cannot be objects.
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    Prepositional phrase = of the choices (modifies Many)
    "of the choices you make in terms of what types of words to include, how formal you want the written project to be, and how you use creative aspects of language like analogies and metaphors" is a PP, not just "of the choices" and it doesn't modify "many"; it complements it.
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    Adjective Clause=you make in terms of what types of words to include (modifies choices)
    Not quite: "you make in terms of what types of words to include, how formal you want the written project to be, and how you use creative aspects of language like analogies and metaphors", not just "you make in terms of what types of words to include", is a relative clause (modifying "choices"). I would avoid using the term "adjective clause" altogether. It's not really appropriate terminology these days.
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    is the object of the preposition to individual or style?
    Neither. It's "your own individual writing style". "Individual" is an adjective modifying "writing style". "Style" is the head of the object NP.
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    And in the relative cause is what functioning as an adjective?
    No, it's functioning as a determiner.
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    Are "how formal...to be." and "how you use creative...metaphors." modifying choices?
    No. Those function as coordinates in the NP/clause/clause-coordination (a coordination of an NP and two clauses) "what types of words to include, how formal you want the written project to be, and how you use creative aspects of language like analogies and metaphors", which functions as complement to the preposition "of".
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    Re: I need help diagramming a sentence.

    This is probably all correct. It is simply not the language of Reed-Kellogg. The two systems do not mix well. Such mixing only leads to confusion.

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