Diagramming Sentences. We can diagram a sentence to show its structure, and to see how its parts are related. We can diagram sentence. a. Brought to you by V. Hinkle. Start with a horizontal line. Write the simple subject and verb on the line. Artists paint. Artists paint.
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We can diagram sentence
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Birds are singing
The vertical line that separates the verb from the direct object stops at the base line.Have you noticed?
Monkeys eat bananas
What follows a linking verb renames or describes the subject.
It is a complement, not a direct object.
Because the complement describes the subject, the dividing line tilts back toward the subject.
Sylvester is cat
Sylvester is predator
pot smells rancid