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I Command You...

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”

                      ~William Wordsworth

 

 

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     We all like to go the easy way, right?  It’s convenient when the answer to a problem is right in front of us.  If you wish to diagram a command, though, a little more work is necessary.  Find the subject in this sentence:  “Close the door.”  If you guessed door, try again!  The subject is not apparent…that’s why we’re here to help!

 

 

     The quote above happens to be imperative…that is, a command.  We have diagrammed it to show the process you might follow. Just click the link below to see how it works!

 

 

A COMMAND is an order given (usually by one in authority). The command can be directed toward a specific person, or toward an anonymous person or thing.
 
When diagramming a command where "you" is implied, place an "X" on the subject line of the diagram. Place the other parts of speech in their normal positions as shown in the link to the right.
 
In some cases, a vocative is used.  This indicates a noun that refers to a person or thing being addressed.  These are set by themselves, away from the main diagram.  Click the link called VOCATIVES to see an example.
 
It is possible that a command might not begin with a verb. So, instead of "Close the door." it might read "After we leave, close the door."  In other cases, there may be multiple verbs at the end. "After we leave, close and lock the door."

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click here for diagrammed quote

VOCATIVES



Now you know a little more about commands!

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