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Oscar Wilde Quotes
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Oscar Wilde was one cool dude. He was an Irish writer during the 1800s.

He wrote one of the funniest plays that I have ever read, The Importance of Being Earnest. If you haven't read it, I highly suggest it!

Here are some diagrams of his quotes.

"Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot.
In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you."

Ordinary riches can be stolen. = sentence

riches = subject

Ordinary = adjective

can be stolen = verb phrase

can, be = helping verbs

stolen = main verb (transitive passive)

In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. = complex sentence

In your soul are infinitely precious things = independent clause

things = subject

precious = adjective

infinitely = adverb

are = verb (intransitive complete)

in your soul = prepositional phrase (adverb)

in = preposiiton

soul = object of the preposition (noun)

your = adjective

that cannot be taken from you = dependent adjective clause modifying things

that = subject (relative pronoun)

can be taken = verb phrase

can, be = helping verbs

taken = main verb (transitive passive)

not = adverb

from you = prepositional phrase (adverb)

from = preposition

you = object of the preposition (pronoun)

"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes."

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. = complex sentence

Experience is the name = independent clause

Experience = subject

is = linking verb

name = predicate noun

the = adjective

(that) everyone gives to their mistakes = dependent adjective clause modifying name

everyone = subject

gives = verb (transitive active)

(that) = direct object (implied relative pronoun)

to their mistakes = prepositional phrase (adverb)

to = preposition

mistakes = object of the preposition

their = adjective

"Who, being loved, is poor?"

Who, being loved, is poor? = interrogative sentence

Who = subject (interrogative pronoun)

being loved = participial phrase

being = helping verb 

loved = participle

is = intransitive linking verb

poor = predicate adjective

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