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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Sentence Diagramming Exercise

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let's practice diagramming and see if

you can figure out how to diagram this

sentence I know what I did might seem

strange so you can pause it here and

take your take a crack at how to diagram

this and then we'll go through it

together alright so well we have

certainly a subject we when you have

several subject verb combinations here I

know is the first one so we might start

with that and just trying to figure out

what's going on in the sentence and the

first thing we can do is say okay is

there a direct object here and we do

that by asking the three word question

what is and then we use the past

participle of the verb what is known is

there an answer to that question and

indeed there is what is numb well what

is known is that what I did might seem

strange now notice I inserted a vet

there which is what you would do if you

were asked that question if somebody

didn't hear what you said I know what I

did might seem strange and they said

what what do you know and you would say

that what I did might seem strange

that's what so we know that there's an

invisible that here I know that what I

did might seem strange so if we start

out where shall I start I'll start here

i'll draw baseline and we have I and we

have no and we show that there is a

direct object there and I know that what

I did might seem strange well we know

we've got some some subordinate clauses

here excuse me we've got nominal clause

clauses that function as nouns so we're

going to need that we're going to need a

pedestal to put them on so let's draw a

pedestal here so what's going to go on

this pedestal is that what I did might

seem strange well what might seem

strange so now let's get the other the

other subject verb combinations well I

actually should start here I did that is

a subject for a combination so that's

going to be here somewhere but there's

another subject for a combination and

that is what is the subject here of

might seem strange what might seem what

I did might seem that's what so we've

got a situation here where what I did is

functioning as the subject of might seem

so what might seem what I did that's

what might seem so if we know that might

seem looks a little carried away there

might seem and we can carry this on a

bit because seem strange this much is

clear strange is a subjective

compliments and we get the slanty line

here what might seem strange well now we

need another pedestal and the subject

here so what I did is what might seem

strange so that's the subject and the

that's the subject of might seem and in

this clause here this nominal clause I

is the subject did is the verb and what

was done what was done is there a direct

object here there is indeed what was

done what that's what

so we put that what right there and now

we just have one thing left because what

do you know you know that what you did

might seem strange and so to take care

of that delighted that invisible that

that is just assumed it's this clause

that has the that in front of it that is

the whole thing what is that that what I

did Mike Street seem strange in other

words that it might seem strange that

that is not coming in front of this

clause this nominal clause what I did is

coming again it's coming in front of

this whole big claws the whole thing

that's functioning as the direct object

so it needs to ascend from my scene and

we'll just put it in a little penthouse

up here and when they when the that is

alighted we put it in brackets to show

that it doesn't actually appear in the

original sentence so this is what the

diagram looks like for the sentence I

know what I did might seem strange so

we've got two clauses that are

functioning as nouns what I did is one

clause and what I did might seem strange

is the other laws

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