Diagramming Sentences

I never had to diagram sentences for school.

I think it’s something I would have liked, so I’m giving it a shot now. These might not be done correctly, so let me know if I got any wrong.

I sentence you to a fine of $10,000.

example of a sentence diagram for being sentenced to a fine

I sentence you to one year in rehab.

example of a sentence diagram for being sentenced to a year in rehab

But that doesn’t look right, because the punishment is rehab, not a year. Let me change it so that the object is rehab, like it should be.

example of a sentence diagram for being sentenced to a year in rehab

But that doesn’t look right either. Because what’s the difference between that and this one?

I sentence you to rehab in one year

example of a sentence diagram for being sentenced to rehab in a year

The sentence diagrams look the same, but the meaning is significantly different. The solution, of course, is to change the wording to I sentence you to rehab for one year.

Next…

I sentence you to life in prison with no chance of parole.

example of a sentence diagram for being sentenced to life in prison

That has the same problem as the last one. Let’s try the same change:

I sentence you to prison for life with no chance of parole.

example of a sentence diagram for being sentenced to prison for life

But I want to write it the original way and diagram it correctly so that the sentence is prison instead of life.

Oh well.

Now, just for fun, I will diagram a verdict instead of a sentence.

We find the defendant not guilty on all counts.

example of a sentence diagram for being sentenced to prison for life

Diagramming sentences, diagramming verdicts, what else is there? Diagramming plea bargains? diagramming charges?

Ok, I’ll stop there.

and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews brought charges against him, asking for a sentence of condemnation against him.

Acts 25:15

This little article thingy was written by Some Guy sometime around 6:24 pm and has been carefully placed in the Humor category.

8 Responses to “Diagramming Sentences”

  1. erin

    Hmmmmmm, I have no clue. We are only doing 2nd grade work here.

  2. Charity

    I had to diagram sentences in 6th grade. You were 3 years behind me. So they stopped making kids do that some time between you and me??

  3. Buckley

    For fun, you could try diagramming some of the Apostle Paul’s sentences. Good times.

  4. phoebe

    I diagrammed sentences in high school. Did you not take English with Terpstra?!?

  5. Some Guy

    I remember much from Terpstra (“Irony is a situation or event in which …”, “Listen to the old-timer at Sulphur Creek”, etc.) but I don’t remember ever having diagrammed a sentence.

    Charity, you have a 6th grader – do they diagram sentences in his school?

  6. Charity

    Um, I have a 7th grader. And no, I don’t think he has done sentence diagramming. Math has changed too. I have a hard time helping him.

  7. Some Guy

    Seventh grade? Where has the time gone?

    I think I meant “you had a 6th grader” …

  8. Burrill

    Math has changed? Of course it has — now 2+2=whatever makes you feel best about yourself.

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