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Sentence Diagramming

Creating a simple "Flow Diagram" in Logos.

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Logos 5.0+

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There are many ways to diagram a sentence, and Logos contains many different diagramming tools, but we're going to walk through a simple "flow" (or "block") diagram for the purpose of this tutorial.

Let's get started.

Create a New Sentence Diagram

To begin, we need to select a Passage to diagram and insert it into a Sentence Diagram document. We're going to use 1 Timothy 1:1-2 for this tutorial.

  • Open Logos and click on the "Documents" menu.
  • Choose "Sentence Diagram."
  • Enter a name for your Diagram.
  • Click "Insert Passage."
  • Enter your passage (e.g. 1 Timothy 1:1-2).
  • Choose your Bible, Diagram Style and Alternates if applicable.

Because we're creating a simple "Flow Diagram," we'll select the Nestle-Aland 28th Edition, for a Text Flow diagram with No alternate line. If you don't have the NA28 Greek text, you can use any other Greek New Testament.

Moving Elements within the Diagram

To move a single element, click it once to select it, and drag it where you like. Resize it if necessary by dragging the small, blue, dots or "anchors."

You can also select multiple elements, even an entire passage, by clicking and dragging a selection rectangle over the elements. All highlighted elements will move together. Click away from them to deselect.

Let's add the same passage again from an English Bible, and place them side-by-side for comparison.

Flow Diagramming

Now that our passages are inserted and placed, we're ready to begin diagramming. You can break the passage anywhere you like, and insert lines, shapes, arrows and text from the toolbar as needed; but for this tutorial, we're just going to separate out the clauses in 1 Timothy 1:1.

First, we're going to separate "Paul" from the Appositional Clause, "an apostle of Christ Jesus" by clicking and dragging "an" down to a new line and indenting it.

We'll continue this method to separate the Prepositional Phrase, "by command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus our hope," and to split it into its individual Appositional Clauses.

We can get as complex, or stay as simple as we want, but this ends our basic Flow Diagram tutorial. As an exercise, why not diagram 1 Timothy 1:2 on your own and play around with some of the additional tools in the toolbar?

Line Diagramming

We can also use drawing tools to diagram a sentence. Select the Pencil tool to draw your shapes manually, or select from the pre-created shapes in the toolbar. Shapes can be moved and resized, similar to our Flow Diagram process.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Doesn't Logos diagram sentences for me?
Not exactly. The Sentence Diagram Tool allows you to create your own diagrams, but there are pre-diagrammed resources available if you need help, like the Cascadia Syntax Graphs included in Logos 5 Bronze and higher packages.

Can I print my diagrams?
Yes. You can print diagrams from the Panel menu or by pressing CTRL+P (Mac: Command+P). In fact, Logos includes blue guidelines behind your diagrams so you can know exactly where they sit on each page.

Last Updated: 9/29/2014