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    Re: More than

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    An American poet named Gertrude Stein wrote: "I really do not know that anything has ever been more exciting than diagramming sentences."
    Not knowing the context, it's hard to tell how sincere that was. It could have been meant sarcastically.
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    #22

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Not knowing the context, it's hard to tell how sincere that was. It could have been meant sarcastically.
    Why would you challenge her sincerity? People could do the same to you too. If we play that game, we'd be left with a world looking like a dog constantly chasing its tail.

    She also quoted the following: "Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense."

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    #23

    Re: More than

    Quote Originally Posted by Luckysquirty View Post
    Thank you for the information. I will check it out.
    Luckysquirty, learners of English read this sub-section of the forum as well. Please make sure you write in complete sentences. We aim to ensure that learners see examples of grammatical English in complete sentences from native speakers.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #24

    Re: More than

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Not knowing the context, it's hard to tell how sincere that was. It could have been meant sarcastically.

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    Hi,

    Excuse me for not including more details.

    This quotation appears in Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog (2006) by Kitty Burns Florey, who writes: "But Gertrude Stein always meant what she said, and so we have to believe that, for her, those sentences marched along their intersecting lines [she is referring to the lines used in Reed-Kellogg diagramming] like good little soldiers."

    Ms. Florey herself learned Reed-Kellogg from her sixth-grade teacher, Sister Bernadette, who told her students: "If you can't diagram it, don't write it."

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    #25

    Re: More than

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Sister Bernadette, who told her students: "If you can't diagram it, don't write it."
    That means, I suppose that 99+% of the English-speaking population today should never write anything.


    Hmmm. Perhaps Sister Bernadette had something.
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