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    Stumped on a sentence diagram

    I'm embarrassed to admit this, but my husband and I are having a disagreement about 4th grade grammar. And my son has a 3rd option.

    So, here goes: "The pig turned up its nose." How is this one diagrammed?

    We homeschool, so we ARE his teachers! We just want to make sure we're correct on this one!

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Stumped on a sentence diagram

    I'm not a teacher, but I believe "turned up" is a phrasal verb and "his nose" is the direct object of the verb phrase.

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    Re: Stumped on a sentence diagram

    Quote Originally Posted by ahook View Post
    I'm embarrassed to admit this, but my husband and I are having a disagreement about 4th grade grammar. And my son has a 3rd option.

    So, here goes: "The pig turned up its nose." How is this one diagrammed?

    We homeschool, so we ARE his teachers! We just want to make sure we're correct on this one!

    Thanks in advance.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello:

    (1) I love to parse (analyze) sentences. May I give you my two cents' worth?

    (2) I think that Soothing Dave was spot-on. ("Spot-on" is a British expression that I just learned, and I like to use it. = absolutely correct.)

    (3) The pig turned up its nose.

    Subject = The pig.

    the = adjective. (Newer books might use another term for the definite article. Maybe "determiner.")

    pig = noun.

    Verb phrase = turned up.

    turned = verb.

    up = adverb/particle

    As Soothing Dave told us, I guess "turn" + "up" go together, so we

    can call it a so-called "phrasal verb."

    (direct) object = its nose.

    its = possessive adjective.

    nose = noun.

    (4) Hopefully, a teacher will answer you very soon. Whatever the

    teacher says will be spot-on!!!



    James


    P.S. It's great that you are teaching old-fashioned grammar. I think that
    parsing is ignored in many (most?) public schools.


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    Re: Stumped on a sentence diagram

    She's homeschooling. I think the idea is to teach the tried-and-true methods and not whatever is the fad in public schools today.

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