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December 20, 2016

December 20, 2016

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In today's Grammar Time section, we'll look at four sentences and how to diagram them.

If you've already learned how to diagram, give it a shot right now.

If you haven't learned how to diagram yet, that's okay! Scroll down to the Grammar Time section to read a lesson about each sentence and to see the answers.

1. Snow forms in clouds.

2. Snowflakes contain many ice crystals.

3. The ice crystals form around bits of dirt.

4. The ice crystals fall to the ground when they are large and heavy.


Happy Learning,


Elizabeth O'Brien

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Sentence Diagramming Answers

Here are the sentences that we'll be going over today:

1. Snow forms in clouds.

2. Snowflakes contain many ice crystals.

3. The ice crystals form around bits of dirt.

4. The ice crystals fall to the ground when they are large and heavy.

Can you diagram them? When you're ready, scroll down to see the answers!


1. Snow forms in clouds.

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Subjects tells us whom or what a sentence is about. This sentence is about snow. Verbs tell us what a subject is or does. What does this sentence tell us that our subject (snow) does? It forms.

We'll focus on prepositional phrases in the third sentence.


2. Snowflakes contain many ice crystals.

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Contain is a transitive active verb. Transitive active verbs transfer their action to a receiver.

The word crystals is receiving the action of the verb. (Words that receive the action of a transitive active verb are called direct objects.)

The words many and ice are adjectives telling us more about the noun crystals.


3. The ice crystals form around bits of dirt.

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This sentence has two prepositional phrases. Phrases are groups of words without both a subject and a verb. Here's the super cool thing about them: They function as one part of speech! That means that all of the words in a phrase work together to perform one job.

Around bits is one of the prepositional phrases in this sentence. It's modifying the verb form, so it's functioning as an adverb.

The other prepositional phrase is of dirt. This phrase is modifying the noun bits, so it's functioning as an adjective.

You can read more about prepositional phrases and what they're made of by clicking that link.


4. The ice crystals fall to the ground when they are large and heavy.

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I hope this sentence diagram doesn't scare you. I know that it looks kind of complicated!

This sentence is made of two clauses. Clauses are groups of words with a subject and a verb.

Independent clauses express complete thoughts. They can stand all alone without any help from anyone. All of the words in green are part of the independent clause.

Dependent clauses don't express complete thoughts. They cannot stand alone. They depend on independent clause in order to make sense. All of the words in blue are part of the dependent clause. (Notice that if you read just the words in blue, they wouldn't express a complete thought.)


I hope you enjoyed those. Have a wonderful week!

Are you a teacher? Feel free to use this as a lesson plan in your classroom!

Click here to learn how to diagram sentences.

About Elizabeth

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Elizabeth O'Brien is founder of www.GrammarRevolution.com, a company devoted to helping people learn and love grammar.

Through her website, books, and programs, Elizabeth shows people how to teach and learn grammar the easy way. She's on a mission to inspire and motivate people by making grammar fun and friendly.

If you liked today's issue, you'll love Elizabeth's grammar and sentence diagramming programs, which will help you learn or teach grammar through simple, step-by-step instructions and sentence diagrams.

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