how do I diagram this sentence?

Practice good driving skillsevery day for about four months before taking the test.

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  1. The most basic sentence contains a subject and a verb. We begin to diagram a sentence by drawing a base line beneath the subject and the verb. We separate the two by a vertical line that extends through the base line.

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  2. Here is an excellent website that explains how to diagram sentences:


    In your sentence, here are the major parts:

    Subject = the understood "you" since the verb is a command and there is no written subject.

    Verb = "practice"

    Direct object = "skills" (modified by "good driving")

    Adverb = "every day"

    Prepositional phrases that modify the verb = "for about four months" and "before taking the test." (In that last prepositional phrase the object of the preposition is a gerund ["taking"], and since it's a verb form, it also has its own direct object ["test"].

    Very complicated sentence!

    Here are other diagram-help websites if the one above doesn't tell you everything you need:

    Go through the PowerPoint presentation; there are also further links near the bottom of this page.


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