Sometimes, some documents I read are so convoluted that I don't understand what they are telling me. I've found this to be true in for legal documents including terms of agreements and constitutions among others. Is there any kind of program that looks at the syntax of sections of text and converts them into block diagrams showing the relationships between subjects and objects with the verb, adverbs, adjectives, etc. showing how they are connected? For instance, if it was highlighting the sentence, "See Spot run", there would be two boxes, one labeled Spot and one labeled You with an arrow connecting the latter to the former. I'm thinking of something similar to sentence diagramming but graphically represented and not nearly as complicated. It seems to me that if something could lay out all of the relationships within a document, that would make it much easier for someone to understand what it means. Or is that magical thinking on my part?
posted by CollectiveMind
on Jan 26, 2014 -
Is it rude to refer to someone in the third person (he/she) while they are present? [more inside]
posted by Shouraku
on Jun 19, 2013 -
I'm an academic who officially gender transitioned about three years ago, and am fortunate enough in my appearance that strangers now almost always refer to me as "he" or "sir." Yet some colleagues consistently misgender me, which can be quite awkward in professional contexts. How ought I respond? [more inside]
posted by DrMew
on Mar 26, 2012 -
I understand the normal rules for "I" and "Me" in sentences, but I simply cannot figure out the answer to this example.
What I want to say is that my dad and I are regional truckers (or me and my dad are regional truckers). If I stay true to the "I" vs."Me" formula I learned in school and eliminate the objective pronoun, the simplified version of the sentence can be written as either "I are regional truckers" or "me are regional truckers", and both of these look atrocious written down. I'm not a seasoned grammarian, but even I know that neither one of these seems to be the correct answer. Am I missing something?
posted by Buddy-Rey
on Jul 31, 2009 -
I need help with a pronoun issue. In the following sentences, what noun is the word it
replacing? [more inside]
posted by amyms
on Dec 5, 2008 -
English grammar question: Which is grammatically correct, "If I were not myself" or "If I were not me"? Or is it "If I were not I"? [more inside]
posted by misozaki
on Apr 5, 2007 -
Whom does the pronoun "he" refer to in the sentence "Whom did John implicate and did he get in trouble?" Why?
posted by yeoz
on Apr 14, 2006 -
"One is not amused..." Personal pronoun, or third person generalisation? [MI] [more inside]
posted by benzo8
on Nov 6, 2004 -