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[FONT=&#23435]and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if,entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.[/FONT]
[FONT=&#23435]Please analyse the adverbial clause,Thanks a lot![/FONT]
 

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Your problem is presumably that you haven't met the archaic expression 'to entertain an opinion', which means 'to have/hold...'. Today, if you 'entertain an idea' you adopt it tentatively and in a non-commital way, but this sort of 'entertain' is more definite.

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[FONT=&#23435]and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if,entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.[/FONT]
[FONT=&#23435]Please analyse the adverbial clause,Thanks a lot![/FONT]


It is tempting to R-K this sentence. (But I feel lazy). "As I do..." and "entertaining...theirs" are parenthetical and not essential to the structure of the sentence. I believe that such clauses and phrases are called "absolute" and are simply diagrammed on the side.
 

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It is tempting to R-K this sentence. (But I feel lazy). "As I do..." and "entertaining...theirs" are parenthetical and not essential to the structure of the sentence. I believe that such clauses and phrases are called "absolute" and are simply diagrammed on the side.
I don't know the meaning of "R-K".Can I understand the "if...theirs" like this: if I am having [FONT=&#23435]opinions of a character which were very opposite to theirs,as I do?[/FONT]
[FONT=&#23435]Thanks! [/FONT]
 

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I don't know the meaning of "R-K".Can I understand the "if...theirs" like this: since I have [FONT=宋]opinions of a character [STRIKE]which [/STRIKE]violently/extremely/diammetrically opposed to theirs [STRIKE]as I do[/STRIKE][/FONT]
[FONT=宋]Thanks! [/FONT]

You have the right idea, but I've changed the words a bit. I gather that 'R-K' is a system that involves representing syntactic relations by diagrams - popular in the USA.

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"R-K" is this site's abbreviation for "Reed-Kellogg". Yes, it is an American system for diagramming syntax. Wikipedia explains it well. Unlike other systems, it only uses the diagram and the sentence -- no terms or abbreviations.
 

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Thanks for your help!
 

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This is a wonderful post. The things given are unanimous and needs to be appreciated by everyone.
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Well, I am trying to post a diagram of that sentence, but I am having trouble -- with the posting, not the diagram.
 

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