Diagramming Sentences

Sentence Diagrams

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The Anatomy of a Sentence

Part 4

Every year on the afternoon of December 24, you, a Christmas procrastinator, loaded down with sacks and boxes, walk from store to store, down endless aisles, your eyes scanning windows and racks to find the perfect presents for Mom, Grandpa, and Uncle Joe, but since you know in your heart of hearts that Uncle Joe will appreciate nothing you give him and that you will capitulate to necessity and buy Grandpa a fifth of Seagramís, you concentrate on Mom, as you move into the aisle that you hope to be able to call the final stop of this holiday season.
A participle is both a verb and an adjective. Loaded, from the verb load, is a past participle modifying you. It, in turn, is modified by the adverb down and the prepositional phrase with sacks and boxes. Notice that the preposition with has a compound object, sacks and boxes. The coordinating conjunction and is placed on a broken vertical line connecting the two objects.
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