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  1. Andy
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    Diagramming

    Could you diagram this sentence for me? I've tried to diagram it but i still have some problems.

    "Criminals staked out a business, sometimes calling to ask for closing times, then trailed the owners home."

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    Re: Diagramming

    Hi Andy

    Look for what is not there:
    Criminals staked out a business, [and they] sometimes call(ing) to ask for closing times, then [they] trailed the owners home.
    The following phrases are reduced clauses:

    • sometimes calling = sometimes they call
    • then trailed = then they trailed

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