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Usage involves diction and idiom issues: using individual words and expressions correctly, according to traditional standards or conventions.
“Sentence analysis” is the term I use for a method of identifying the major components and basic structure of sentences that is simpler and more limited in scope than traditional sentence diagramming. Although sentence diagramming is an extremely useful skill that I strongly advise students to learn if they have the opportunity, for most students’ needs a simpler approach is sufficient.