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This book is a fabulous read: it is brilliant, erudite, easy-to-read, and laugh-out-loud funny. It will teach you all you never even thought to ask about diagramming sentences, but it is about far more than that. Really, it's an exploration of the evolution of the English language, the gap between those of us who MUST speak and write properly and those who say--whatever. Mostly, it'll make you laugh out loud and how many authors can do that? Move over, Lynn Truss and David Sedaris.
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Initial post: Jul 23, 2011 8:16:56 AM PDT
Kay Linda S. LaVida says:
Several times, Florey erroneously uses `predicate' as a synonym for `verb'. Florey uses the word 'predicate' incorrectly where 'verb' should be used. For example," The dog chased the rabbit" is described as "(subject, predicate, direct object)". It should be "(subject, verb, direct object)". Do you want this mistake taught in every high school?
Of course the same sentence can be described as "(subject, predicate)". But then, the predicate of "The dog chased the rabbit" is "chased the rabbit" and the predicate is described as "(verb, direct object)".
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