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.
I sentence you to one 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.
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
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.
I sentence you to life in prison with no chance of parole.
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.
But I want to write it the original way and diagram it correctly so that the sentence is prison instead of life.
Now, just for fun, I will diagram a verdict instead of a sentence.
We find the defendant not guilty on all counts.
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.
This little article thingy was written by Some Guy sometime around 6:24 pm and has been carefully placed in the Humor category.