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(Excerpt from Sin and Syntax, by Constance Hale)
The approach I use when diagramming sentences is called the Reed-Kellogg system. To be honest, I’m not sure that my diagrams are 100% correct because I was never taught how to diagram sentences in school. (I get help from Boyfriend and reference books.)
Reed-Kellogg diagrams are fantastic exercises that force you to consider the relationships between words in a sentence. My primary purpose in diagramming Meyer’s sentences is to make it undeniably apparent how much rambling she does.