Sentence Diagrams

Sentence 13

The group's report, to be released today, said that blacks accounted for 62 percent of the drug offenders sent to state prisons nationwide in 1996, the most recent year for which statistics are available, although they represent just 12 percent of the U.S. population.

          - Michael A. Fletcher, The Washington Post (published on June 8, 2000, in Louisville, KY, in The Courier-Journal, page A3)

Lesson 13: There are three different kinds of subordinate (dependent) clauses in the above sentence: a noun clause (specifically, an indirect statement), which begins with the word that; a relative clause, which begins with the prepositional phrase for which; and an adverb clause, which begins with the word although.

Apologia pro descriptione mea: 1. That the modifies group's and not report can be shown by substituting the possessive pronoun my for the. It is the report of my group, not my report. 2. One can argue that today is an adverbial objective, i.e., a noun used as an adverb. It's a close call. 

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