Sunday, December 4, 2011

Analyze This

Taking a class in syntactic revision has ruined me for reading. I can't stop to just read anymore, I now find myself analyzing every aspect of a sentence.

For example:

I wait with my eyes closed (S-V sentence, adverbial prepositional phrase), breathing deeply (How am I waiting? Adverbial present participal phrase.), focusing my ears (Again, adverbial present participal phrase, also known as a gerund.) on the smallest sounds (adjectival prepositional phrase) that creak through this old house (Describe the sounds. Adjective clause. Where do they creak? Adjectival prepositional phrase.).


Every damn time I see a that or a which or a who, I'm analyzing what type of clause it is.

This is seriously disturbing.