This week, we seem to have fallen into a theme that might be called “fun with grammar” or “fun with words,” so I’m going to lean into that with something I personally think is fun:
This is from this site right here.
You see how this particular English teacher is cheating just a bit — or not cheating exactly — I mean compensating in a clever way for the existence of implied words. That’s the “x,” with this instructor is interpreting as the preposition “on,” which makes sense.
Here’s another I especially like:
I think I belong to the last generation that learned to diagram sentences, and I think they were much simpler, more boring sentences. I liked the exercise, though. I would like to see sentence diagramming brought back, so that I could stop saying, “The grammatical subject is not necessarily the first noun you encounter in the sentence” and “the subject is the thing verbing the direct object” and so on. Students would do a lot better sorting out their often awkward sentences if they actually knew what “subject” and “object” meant, not to mention “preposition.”
Many more lovely sentences diagrammed at the linked post — not just Shakespeare either, but Queen Elizabeth and Machiavelli and click through and enjoy them!