1 Diagramming Review WJHS 8 th Grade English 29 April 2013
2 Sentence Basics The subject of the sentence is the person or thing is performing the action of the sentence or is being described by the sentence. The subject must be a noun or pronoun. The verb of the sentence will either convey the action of the sentence or it will connect the subject with its description.
3 The Sentence Baseline The subject is placed on the left of the dividing line. The verb is placed to the right of the dividing line. SUBJECT VERB Ex. Babies cry. Babies cry
4 Compound Subjects & Verbs When a sentence has a compound subject and/or verb, the sentence baseline is split in two resembling a meat fork. COMPOUND SUBJECT COMPOUND VERB
5 Example The little boy and girl laughed and giggled jubilantly. boy laughed girl and and giggled
6 Adjective Modifiers Adjectives modify nouns and pronouns in a sentence. The articles a, an, & the are considered special adjectives. Adjectives add detail to the sentence by answering the questions which one?, what kind?, and how many?.
7 Diagramming Adjective Modifiers Adjective modifiers are dropped below the sentence baseline on a slanted line angled to the right. This diagonal line is positioned below the noun that is being described. subject verb babies cry Ex. Tiny babies cry.
8 Adverb Modifiers Adverbs can modify three different parts of speech. They can modify... Verbs Adjectives Other adverbs They add detail to the sentence by answering the questions where?, when?, how?, why?, and to what extent?.
9 Diagramming Adverb Modifying Verbs Adverb modifying verbs are dropped below the sentence baseline on a slanted line angled to the right. This diagonal line is positioned below the verb that is being described. babies cry subject verb Ex. Tiny babies cry often.
10 Adverbs Modifying Adjectives Adverbs modifying adjectives are dropped below the adjective on a line the resembles a backwards 7. subject verb babies cry Ex. Really tiny babies cry.
11 Diagramming Adverbs Modifying Adverbs Adverbs modifying other adverbs are dropped below the adverb on a line the resembles a backwards 7. subject verb babies cry Ex. Tiny babies cry very often.
12 Prepositional Phrases Prepositional phrases add detail to the sentence by showing relationships between words in the sentence. A prepositional phrase begins with a preposition and ends with a noun or pronoun that is called the object of the preposition. Prepositional phrases can act as either adjectives or adverbs.
13 Diagramming Prepositional Phrases Acting as Adjectives Prepositional phrases acting as adjectives, modifying nouns or pronouns, are dropped below the sentence baseline beneath the word they modify. They are placed on a bracket that looks like a lazy L. subject verb OBJ. OF PREP.
14 Example The kitten in the window slept peacefully. kitten slept window
15 Diagramming Prepositional Phrases Working as Adverbs Prepositional phrases acting as adverbs, modifying verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs, are dropped below the sentence baseline beneath the word they modify. They are placed on a bracket that looks like a lazy L. subject verb OBJ. OF PREP
16 Example Ex. I was awakened suddenly in the night. I was awakened night
17 Complements Complements complete the idea begun by the subject and the verb. Complements can follow both action and linking verbs. Complements can be... Nouns Pronouns Adjectives
18 Direct Objects Direct Objects follow transitive verbs verbs that transfer action to an object. Direct Objects must be either nouns or pronouns. Direct Objects can NEVER be located inside of a prepositional phrase. Direct Objects answer this question... S + V + who? or what? = DO
19 Diagramming Direct Objects The DO is added to the sentence baseline. The DO is separated from the action verb by a line that is perpendicular to the baseline. Subject Action Verb DO
20 Example Alicia walks her dog every morning. Alicia walks dog
21 Indirect Objects Indirect Objects also follow transitive verbs. They are ALWAYS located between the verb and the Direct Object. They will NEVER be found inside a prepositional phrase. They answer the question... S + V+ DO + to whom? or for whom? = IO
22 Diagramming Indirect Objects Indirect Objects are dropped below the sentence baseline. The are placed on a Lazy L directly beneath the verb. Subject Verb DO IO
23 Example Mrs. Henderson gave the class a huge assignment. Mrs. Henderson gave assignment class
24 Subject Complements Subject complements follow a linking verb. If the complement is a Predicate Adjective, it describes the subject. If the complement is a Predicate Nominative (Noun or Pronoun), it clarifies who or what the subject is. Subject Complements will NEVER be located inside a Prepositional Phrase. The Subject Complement Questions is... S + form of is + what? = Subject Complement
25 Diagramming Subject Complements Like the Direct Object, Subject Complements are also placed on the sentence baseline after the verb. The Subject complement is separated from the verb by a slanted line angled back toward the subject. Subject Linking Verb Subject Complement
26 Example Mrs. Henderson s classes are very excited about sentence diagramming. classes are excited diagramming
27 Diagramming Complex Sentences A clause is a group of words that contain a subject and a verb. Complex sentences contain more than one clause. 1 Independent (main clause) 1 Dependent So, we need to add a lower baseline for the dependent clause.
28 Diagramming Complex Sentences A clause is a group of words that contain a subject and a verb. Complex sentences contain more than one clause. 1 Independent (main clause) 1 Dependent So, we need to add a lower baseline for the dependent clause.
29 Adjective Clauses An adjective clause modifies the noun right before it in the sentence. It begins with a relative pronoun (who, whose, whom, whoever, which, and that; or where or when.
30 Diagramming Adjective Clauses Main Clause Subject Verb Adjective Clause Subject Verb Use a dotted line to connect the Relative Pronoun to the noun which the clause modifies in the main clause.
31 Example My mom, who loves baking, sent chocolate chip cookies for my birthday. mom sent cookies b-day Who loves baking
32 Adverb Clauses An adverb clause most commonly modifies the action in the main clause. It can also modify the predicate word following a linking verb. It answers the questions where? when? how? why? and under what conditions? It begins with a subordinating conjunction.
33 Diagramming Adverb Clauses Main Clause Adverb Clause Subject Subject Action Verb Sub. Conj. Verb Use a dotted line to connect verb of adverb clause to the action verb in main clause. The Subordinating Conjunction is written on that line.
34 Diagramming Adverb Clauses Main Clause Subject Linking Verb Predicate Word Adverb Clause Subject Verb Use a dotted line to connect verb of adverb clause to the predicate word following the linking verb in the main clause. The Subordinating Conjunction is written on that line.
35 Example After she finished her homework, Kelly practiced her song for the recital. Kelly practiced song recital she finished homework
36 Example Kelly feels nervous when she performs for an audience. Kelly feels nervous She performs audience
37 Diagramming Verbals Verbals are forms of a verb that act like nouns, adjectives, or adverbs. Participles act as adjectives that modify a noun. Gerunds act as nouns and can be a subject, object of a preposition, direct object, indirect object, or a predicate nominative. Infinitives act as either nouns, adjectives, or adverbs.
38 More About Participles Participles are forms of a verb acting as an adjective. They may end with an ing, -ed, -d, -t, or n and DO NOT have a helping verb. Be aware that past and present participle forms of a verb can also be a part of the main verb. Be sure the word is not showing what the subject is doing.
39 Participle or Main Verb Running down the street, the child rushed to get home. (participle describing child) The child was running down the street in a quite a hurry. (main verb showing what the child is doing).
40 Participial Phrase Because a participle is a from of a verb (even though it acts as an adjective) it can have all of the same attachments that a verb can have... Direct Object Indirect Object Adverbs Adverb Phrases
41 Diagramming Participial Phrases The Participial Phrase drops below the noun it modifies on a Lazy L bracket (Think along the lines of a prepositional phrase or direct object. The Participle is written across the bend. Subject verb iple
42 Example Running down the street, the child rushed home. child rushed ing street
43 More About Gerunds Gerunds are forms of a verb acting as a noun. They ALWAYS end with an ing and NEVER have a helping verb! A gerund can do anything a noun do in a sentence (S, OP, DO, IO, PN).
44 Gerund or Main Verb Carol likes reading about foreign countries. (Gerund direct object) Carol was reading an article about Egypt this morning. (Main verb showing what Carol was doing)
45 Gerund Phrase Because a Gerund is a from of a verb (even though it acts as an noun) it can have all of the same attachments that a verb can have... Direct Object Indirect Object Adverbs Adverb Phrases Because it acts as noun, it could also be modified by adjectives.
46 Diagramming Gerunds Gerunds plug into the diagram in the same place a regular noun would. Gerunds are placed on top of a pedestal. verb
47 Example Carol likes reading about foreign countries. Carol likes countries
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