Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Automatic sentence diagrammer

Okay, this is just freaking cool. :) I stumbled upon this as a means to help ds9 better understand sentence structure. It's the Reed-Kellogg Diagrammer - a (free) tool that lets you type in your own sentence and then diagrams it for you, and lets you mouse over each section to see the word type and function in the sentence. I remember diagramming sentences as a kid, but I get the impression that this practice has been lost in most workbooks and classrooms since then. It's too bad - this little exploration was REALLY helpful to ds9 in understanding how a sentence is much like a skeleton, which "holds up" the other parts of the structure. And because this nifty little tool diagrams for you, ds9 can plug in sentence after sentence to see how the structure changes as he makes changes in the sentence. TOO COOL!!!

17 comments:

  1. Wow, thank you! We totally needed this. Grace is getting into some scary diagramming and I can't remember much about it.

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  2. This is sweet,thanks! I'm a teacher and looking for an online interactive sentence diagramming game/website. Do you know of one?

    Thanks again,

    Scott

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  3. Thank you!!! THis is helping me get through my grammar homework in college!

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  4. The program wont let me type my sentence into it, any suggestions on what might be wrong?

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  5. Sometimes I've noticed it doesn't like complex sentences with bad grammar. Try something simple like "the dog ate the cat". If that doesn't work, it might be a problem with your browser, in which case I'd simply try a different browser. That's all I can think of...

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  6. Thanks for the reply, when I switched to safari it worked right away thanks! I guess it just doesn't like chorme...

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  7. I just tried it. It's working fine for me. I'm using Chrome.

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  10. It often gets the diagram wrong on more complicated or subtle sentences, so don't depend on it as authoritative. Better is to use SenDraw from University of Central Florida Department of English, which doesn't do the diagram for you but can enable you to draw a diagram on the computer after you have analyzed the sentence yourself. That makes it a better tool for learning.

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  11. Try SenGram on the iPhone app store. (http://www.soferio.com). It is a sentence diagram puzzle game. (full disclosure: we are the publishers)

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  12. Thank you so much! I have to follow you now!

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  13. Wow thank you so much! (I am diagramming each sentence as I speak) :P

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  14. It diagrams wrong even for quite simple sentences. Don't trust it.

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