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