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    • Join Date: Mar 2007
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    sentence diagrams

    question.... when diagraming a sentence structure how would I dagram the phrase;


    ......... .Mary ate raw fish and onions ........ <-- raw only applies to the fish
    .................................................. ...............and not to the word onions
    .................................................. ......VP
    ............................ ............................l
    .......................... .............................V'
    ................................................ /.........\
    .......................... ..................V...............NP
    .......................................... l.......... /.......l......\
    ........................................ate.....AP........l.........N'
    ................ ...................................l............l...........l.
    .................................................A'.... .......l..........N
    .................... ......................../.....\..........l...........l.
    ......................... ...............A..........NP....l.......onions
    ..................................... ...l................l......l
    .....................................raw...........N'.....l..........................Is this diagram correct for the last part of the sentence?
    .................................................. ......l...... l...................I want to make sure that raw is only referring to the word fish.
    ............................................... N......l
    .................................................. .... l...... l
    .................................................. .fish and

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    • Join Date: Sep 2003
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    Re: sentence diagrams

    Well, the problem is the conjunction, actually. It can't branch from an NP. Try, NP => NP CONJ NP, like this,

    [NP raw fish] [CONJ and] [NP onions]

    All the best.

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