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That's a welcome sight. It makes me so happy when my daughter decides to bake. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thats a welcome sight. It makes me so happy when my daughter decides to bake.

 

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Always a welcome sight.

OK, people, want to help me check on the accuracy of a diagram?

I've just finished diagramming this sentence (from The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World, by Laura Spinney). How would YOU do it? Post your diagrams and then I'll post mine.

"There are very few cemeteries in the world that, assuming they are older than a century, don’t contain a cluster of graves from the autumn of 1918—when the second and worst wave of the pandemic struck—and people’s memories reflect that."
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OMW(s) - I think a rewrite would be far more helpful than a diagram...

I think it's a lovely sentence when spoken, but as a written piece I wonder if all the grammatical glue is there. The clause "assuming they are older than a century" has me a bit stuck. It appears to modify cemeteries, but the "assuming" has me scratching my head a bit; it seems to be acting like an "if" but looks like a gerund?

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