Diagramming Sentences

Sentence Diagrams

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The Anatomy of a Sentence

 Part 15

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.
The relative pronoun that is the direct object in an infinitive phrase that is itself an adverbial element in an infinitive phrase that is the direct object of the verb hope. The entire group of words from that to season is a relative clause. Able is a predicate adjective (a kind of subjective complement); stop, on the other hand, is a very different kind of complement, an objective complement. Note the direction of the slant of the lines preceding these two words. An objective complement completes the action of the verb with reference to the direct object.
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