Having a husband who has a cousin who owns a Wine|Beer|Cigar Bistro is Big.
And then I issued a challenge–
[Diagram that sentence!]
I really thought I’d be able to diddle around on the World Wide Web while in our hotel room last evening and find an on-line sentence-diagramming program. I was expecting something like a language translator or equation solver. I did not find anything of the sort. I was bothered by this all the way from Midlen, Louisiana to The Farm.
This, dear reader, is why we need
crappy old books. Without a crappy old books, we are doomed to lose sentence diagramming in our time. Fortunately, I have more than one crappy old book that teaches sentence diagramming. The clue to diagramming a gerund phrase comes from my favorite.
|From Harbrace Handbook of English, by John C. Hodges of the University of Tennessee; Copyright 1941 by Harcourt, Brace and Company, Inc., and printed in The United States of America; p 51|
Pages 54-55 of Harbrace explain how to diagram subordinate adjective clauses. If I’ve understood these pages correctly, my little sentence is diagrammed:
|Note that the main sentence is, “Having a husband is Big.”|
The front matter indicates that this book is from the English Workshop Series, and Harbrace is intended for “Grades Eleven and Twelve.” It is intense. Perhaps this winter I’ll share more Harbrace. It is one of my favorites.