Three Sentence Diagramming Puzzles

Three Sentence Diagramming Puzzles

Puzzles are fun

If you're a long-time subscriber, you might remember when I used to include a sentence diagramming puzzle in each newsletter. I thought it would be fun to do a few puzzles today. Solving them is sort of like going on an Internet/grammar scavenger hunt.

If you're new to diagramming sentences, don't worry. Just see what you can do!

If you've already learned some sentence diagramming, test yourself to see if you can correctly diagram all of the sentences. 

Directions: Use the clues below to see if you can figure out each sentence and how to diagram it. You'll find the answers at the bottom of the page. Have fun!

Clues for Sentence #1

  • This is a famous Patrick Henry quote. 

Give me _______ or give me death!

Clues for Sentence #2

  • This sentence is a slogan from Sara Lee. 

  • Split the contraction doesn't into two words. Does is a helping verb, and n't is an adverb.

  • This sentence contains a verb phrase.

  • The main verb is transitive active. That means that it has a direct object

  • The direct object is a proper noun. 

  • The skeleton for your diagram looks like this:

Clues for Sentence # 3

This sentence is the first line of the poem On the Grasshopper and Cricket by John Keats. It reminds me that the world is full of life even in the middle of cold, icy winters.

The poetry of earth is never dead.

  • This sentence has a linking verb with a predicate adjective.

  • This sentence contains a prepositional phrase that is functioning as an adjective.

  • The skeleton for your diagram will look like this:

BONUS! Challenge Sentence Clues 

  • Complete and diagram the following sentence.

Sir Francis Bacon said, "________ is power."

  • This is a complex sentence. It contains an independent clause and a dependent noun clause

  • The dependent noun clause is acting as the direct object of the verb said

  • The skeleton for your sentence diagram looks like this:
sentence diagram


Answer for Sentence # 1

Give me liberty or give me death!

Patrick Henry Sentence Diagram

Answer for Sentence # 2

Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee.

Sara Lee Sentence Diagram

Answer for Sentence # 3

The poetry of earth is never dead.

Poetry Sentence Diagram

Answer for Challenge Sentence

Sir Francis Bacon said, "Knowledge is power."

Sir Francis Bacon Sentence Diagram

Do you want to learn more? Learn how to diagram sentences with this book or this program. 

If you'd like to teach or learn grammar the easy way—with sentence diagrams—check out our Get Smart Grammar Program.

It starts from the very beginning and teaches you grammar and sentence diagramming in easy, bite-size lessons. 

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