What do I mean by complexity? Well, there are objects and indirect objects. Prepositions I understood, and once in awhile I'll use one to end a sentence with. That's a no-no. Then there are the modifiers. What's a modifier? It's a word that gives more detail about a subject, an action, or an object. But, wait, there are the articles, too. The articles modify the nouns. Wait. There's more. The dependent/subordinate clauses...the ones that can't stand alone. I'll stop there.
The reason I ask the question if diagramming is still a part of the English curriculum, is because today our society seems to be aimed at making all things easier for our children. Kids are being spared and protected legally from much of the anguish we went through.
I guess I'm veering off the subject of sentence structure, but the mind cannot help but fall into the trenches of the past. It makes me absolutely ecstatic to see kids today having computer software to teach them their English and their math in ways that don't punish. To me, this is the human progress that points us in an optimistic direction for humanity's future. No matter the depth of the planetary problems we are facing, we have to remember that among us live children who are going to solve these problems.
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The rules for writing proper English sentences and for proper spelling of words both are losing their sense of importance, so it seems. The use of acronyms is a good example. We were in a Hallmark Store recently, and for sale on the counter were pocket-size books of texting acronyms. This is the new dictionary. We humans are communicating across the world today using hand-held devices. Complex technology has introduced simplicity into our lives. Change is what keeps life going forward on that base diagram line. Life is one long paragraph, divided into sentences that we call generations. If we look ahead with an optimistic eye, our sentences will clearly end with exclamation points!!! If we choose to ask ourselves why things have to change, our sentences will end with vague question marks???????
I prefer exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!