Diagramming Sentences

Sentence Diagrams

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The Anatomy of a Sentence

 Part 5

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.
An adverbial objective is defined as a noun or pronoun used as an adverb. In this sentence, year is such a noun. Adverbial objectives are diagrammed like prepositional phrases; of course, the "preposition line" is left empty. Every, the modifier of year, is capitalized because it is the first word in the sentence. The prepositional phrase on the afternoon is adverbial (it modifies the verb walk), whereas of December 24, as a modifier of the noun afternoon, is adjectival.
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