by Eugene R. Moutoux
~ One Way of Learning English Grammar ~
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1: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on
this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the
proposition that all men are3 created equal."
Sentence 2: "Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure."
Sentence 3: "We are met on a great battleground of that war."
Sentence 4: "We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live."
Sentence 5: "It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this."
Sentence 6: "But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate--we can not consecrate--we can not hallow--this ground."
Sentence 7: "The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far beyond our poor power to add or detract."
Sentence 8: "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here."
Sentence 9: "It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced."
Sentence 10: "It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
For information about grammar and composition:
For information about the early history of sentence diagramming:
Kitty Burns Florey's delightful book about sentence diagramming, Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog, won't teach you how to diagram; but if you like diagramming, you'll love this book with its happy combination of scholarship and reminiscence. Visit Florey's website at http://www.kittyburnsflorey.com/. To get a taste of her style, read her essay entitled "Boring Things," which is anything but boring. It's on the third page of her website.
For thoughts about the importance of learning grammar and about the ancillary role of diagramming:
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