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OK, here's MY version of this sentence:

"The purpose of the lungs in Galen’s system was mainly to ventilate the heart and thus regulate innate heat—an entity emanating from the heart and present from birth (it gradually diminished with age), which, cooking the blood as it arrived from the veins, injected it with vital pneuma that the arteries then distributed around the body."
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OK, heres MY version of this sentence:

The purpose of the lungs in Galen’s system was mainly to ventilate the heart and thus regulate innate heat—an entity emanating from the heart and present from birth (it gradually diminished with age), which, cooking the blood as it arrived from the veins, injected it with vital pneuma that the arteries then distributed around the body.

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Grammar nerds unite! It's beautiful.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. (I’m turning into more of a grammar nerd the longer I teach!!)

I fondly remember diagramming sentences in Tucker Hall at W&M !

Flashbacks to 7th grade lol

Wow! My wife used your materials to home school our 3 children. Great memories. Have a great weekend!!!

wow. (I wanted to say Holy [email protected]! but that may be swearing where you're from🙂)

Love it!

I’m impressed.

❤️ beautiful

Liza Bachman Caruthers Denise Suarez Just for fun. 😊

Tim Griggs

That took a whole day! 😉😂

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I'm simultaneously working on my book about illness for St. Martin's Press and diagramming sentences for the last volume of Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind, which means that the lucky grammar students get to diagram THIS one. Give it a try and I'll post my version tomorrow!

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The purpose of the lungs in Galen’s system was mainly to ventilate the heart and thus regulate innate heat—an entity emanating from the heart and present from birth (it gradually diminished with age), which, cooking the blood as it arrived from the veins, injected it with vital pneuma that the arteries then distributed around the body.
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I made a few decisions here that could have gone a different way. My biggest question (since I didn’t really understand the science in the sentence 😂 ) is what “entity” is the appositive of. Its location in the sentence and the fact that it is singular made me diagram it as the appositive of “heat,” but I think it might be referring to the lungs.

I’m sorry. I know it’s totally off topic - do you think we’ll see a new book in the History of the World Series at some point? I love reading everything you’ve written but I miss that series.

Purpose/was Everything else is just window dressing in the form of phrases and clauses! 😂🤣

Susan, please guide me to a source that has answers to the diagrams. I don’t know how to diagram and teaching my son is nearly impossible without scouring the books to try to find answers.

I’m fascinated by this innate heat business! Who cares about grammar when we’re talking about cooking the blood, pneuma, and what have you?

I am stumped as to which reaction emoji to choose. I thought I was going to choose the "wow face", but both the uproariously laughing face and the tearful one caught my eye, and I found I could not choose! That is quite the sentence!

Not familiar with your diagramming style - would you accept a modified Moutoux? 😄

You’re a beast Susan Wise Bauer. 🔥

Haylee Williams

I wish I were still homeschooling, so I could toss this example at one of my kids!

I loved diagramming sentences in school, eons ago. Such fun puzzles, and so clarifying for choices and uses of words. Great intellectual and brain exercise. You realize how important every single word is, and how each needs to fit logically with all the others. Do most junior high and high schools teach it any more? Our daughter went to a wonderful Catholic school and she got little of it, from my perspective.

You should diagram St. Paul's sentences. I'd have to see proof some of his aren't run-on's with a period at the end 😂

How big of a piece of paper will I need? 🤔😆

Ooohhhhh I wish I remembered I loved it when I was in school.

Purpose / was

Beyond my pay grade. 🤣

Read any Forrest Maready books lately? Here's a taste - recent post on the history of polio. While reading this brief, one can sense a number of lessons to ponder: threadreaderapp.com/thread/1005127713848463361.html

Sentence or paragraph? 😁

Misty Perry go for it!

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