Diagramming Sentences

Sentence Diagrams

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                                Abraham Lincoln's                                           Gettysburg Address

Sentence 3: "We are met on a great battleground of that war."
Comment: According to a footnote in Descriptive English Grammar (House and Harman, 2nd ed.), "being fallen," "being gone," and "being come," are older perfect participles; by 1950, the year in which Harman's revision was published, these forms had become less common than "having fallen," "having gone," and "having come" If Lincoln were writing today, he would doubtless use have met instead of are met (page 133).
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