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    Digramming sentences

    Only a couple of things that you need to pay extra attention to.

    There is only a couple of things that you need to pay extra attention to.

    Please help me differentiate the above two sentences. If possible, please help me diagram them.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: Digramming sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    Only a couple of things that you need to pay extra attention to.

    There is only a couple of things that you need to pay extra attention to.

    Please help me differentiate the above two sentences. If possible, please help me diagram them.

    Thanks for your help!
    The first sentence is elliptical. The part that is missing is supplied in the second sentence.

    It's a complex sentence with an attributive (relative) clause. The main clause: There's a couple of things. Subordinate clause: that you need to pay extra attention to.
    There - formal introductory subject.
    Only a couple of things - notional subject group
    Is - existential predicate

    That you need to pay extra attention to - attributive (or relative) clause
    That - relative pronoun, its antecedent is 'a couple of things', indirect object
    You -subject
    need to pay - modal predicate
    extra attention - direct object

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    Re: Digramming sentences

    Hey thanks for your help. Please tell me if my initial sentence is correct.

    There is only a couple of things (or) There are only a couple of things...

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    Re: Digramming sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    Hey thanks for your help. Please tell me if my initial sentence is correct.

    There is only a couple of things (or) There are only a couple of things...
    "There are" is correct.

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    Re: Digramming sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    Hey thanks for your help. Please tell me if my initial sentence is correct.

    There is only a couple of things (or) There are only a couple of things...
    There are a couple of things ...

    If contracted you can say "there's a couple of things ..." I hope the gentleman above will allow us this liberty.
    Last edited by Pokemon; 03-Nov-2010 at 20:57.

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    Re: Digramming sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Pokemon View Post
    There are a couple of things ...

    If contracted you can say "there's a couple of things ..."
    People say it, but it's not correct.

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    Re: Digramming sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Pokemon View Post
    I hope the gentleman above will allow us this liberty.
    No, he didn't.

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