regentrude Posted January 25, 2011 Share Posted January 25, 2011 Let me preface this question by explaining that I did not grow up in the US. My native language is German which has a grammar of a structure similar to English, with two added complications (nouns have gender, and there are four declensions). We had grammar in school, learned to identify the parts of speech - however, I have never heard of diagramming sentences before coming here. (We did not do this for any of the foreign languages studied in school either.) So please enlighten me: WHY should sentences be diagrammed? If I know the parts of speech, the structure of a sentence and can use these correctly in writing, what insight does diagramming give me and what can I use it for? (Or, asking the heretical question: can I skip it altogether? Seeing that it is not something that ever came up in my life so far....) Thanks a lot. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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