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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Sentence Diagramming 8. Nominal Clause as Direct Object

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I'm gonna diagram a nominal clause

that's functioning as a direct object

what we need a sentence so how about we

do not know if the Democrats will

self-destruct yes a sentence doesn't

matter if it's true or not we can

diagram it we do not know if this

Democrats will self-destruct so let's

have a baseline here okay let's do the

things we can do easily the subject is

we the verb is do no modified by the

adverb not we do not know now we get to

the direct object what don't we know if

the Democrats will self-destruct

well now that's a subordinate clause and

its function as a direct object

therefore it's a noun and nominal

clauses always go on pedestals so let's

make our pedestal here baseline now what

don't we know okay we don't know if the

Democrats will self-destruct so

Democrats I'm I've made this to

Democrats

the Democrats we don't know if the

Democrats our verb is we get a modal

verb will and then self-destruct our

main verb now that leaves one thing

missing and that's if and what do we do

with it well you see that it doesn't

actually have a whole lot of doesn't

really have anything to do in this this

sentence and in fact it we call words

like if in this usage if we call it an

expletive

and the way we diagram it that is it

doesn't doesn't it doesn't have any

easily define dramatical function here

so we draw a dotted line and a little

pedestal up there and not a line down to

the verb and we put our expletive up

there and this is how you would diagram

the sentence we do not know if the

Democrats will self-destruct so this is

how you would diagram a nominative nama

this is a nominal clause that's

functioning as a direct object

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