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    help diagram these sentences!

    Nobody Knows My Name is a collection of autobiographical essays by the author James Baldwin.

    Embarrassed by my non-related comment about snowglobes, I told my friends to forget what I said.

    Staggering, the nerd struck the locker.

    He lived under the bridge and feasted on goats.

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    Re: help diagram these sentences!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sara Fleming View Post
    Nobody Knows My Name is a collection of autobiographical essays by the author James Baldwin.

    Embarrassed by my non-related comment about snowglobes, I told my friends to forget what I said.

    Staggering, the nerd struck the locker.

    He lived under the bridge and feasted on goats.
    I'm afraid I can't use the normal diagram structure on this forum as the formatting goes haywire. I will identify the parts of speech and then you can place them in a diagram.

    Nobody Knows MY Name -- noun, subject
    is -- verb (linking)
    a collection -- article + noun, predicate nominative (complement) of verb
    of autobiographical essays -- adjectival prepositional phrase, modifying "collection".
    by the author -- adjectival prepositional phrase, modifying "essays".
    James Balwin -- noun appositive, explaining "author"

    Embarrassed by my non-related comment about snowglobes: adjectival participial phrase, modifying the subject [past participle + adverbial prepositional phrase + adjectival prepositional phrase
    I -- pronoun, subject
    told -- verb
    my friends -- possessive adjective + noun, indirect object of "told"
    to forget -- infinitive, noun, direct object of "told"
    what I said -- noun clause acting as the direct object of the infinitive

    Staggering -- present participle, adjective, modifying the subject
    the nerd -- article + noun, subject
    struck -- verb
    the locker -- article + noun, direct object

    He -- pronoun, subject
    lived and feasted -- compound verb connected by conjunction "and"
    under the bridge -- adverbial prepositional phrase, modifying "lived"
    on goats -- adverbial prepositional phrase, modifying "feasted"

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