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How to Diagram a Sentence: Form-Function Diagrams
What is grammar? The popular notion is actual or presumed prescriptive notions about the correct use of a language. But linguistics define grammar differently. Grammar is the study of the internal structure of words (morphology) and the use of words in the construction of phrases, clauses, and sentences (syntax). The Form-Function Method for teaching grammar is based on four principal tenets: Languages contain a finite number of grammatical forms. Languages contain a finite number of grammatical functions. Grammatical forms perform one or more grammatical functions. Grammatical functions can be performed by one or more grammatical forms. A grammar tree is