Sentences that Cause Problems for the KISS Approach

This section is devoted to sentences that more or less stumped me.


The further away from civilization that you get, the better off you are.

--from a student's paper

Main Clause and Word-Count

He also volunteers as a firefighter and as an emergency medical technician which puts him in contact with people, but in a much different way.

--from a student's paper
Count as two main clauses at "but": "but *it does so* in a much different way.

Subordinate Clauses

     However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood,  this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property of someone or other of their daughters.

-- from the opening of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
In the self-instructional course, I counted the "however" clause as an adverbial, but I'm not comfortable with that. [Consider adding conjunctive adverbs as a required KISS construction?]

Semi-Reduced Subordinate Clauses

"The rugged simplicity of a 1971 BMW R75/5 make [SIC] them an ideal motorcycle for the working class or the serious motorcycle rider as opposed to a 1999 Harley Davidson."

-from a student's paper
"As [=When] *it is* opposed ...] , or ignore the "as"??? and "opposed" becomes a gerundive modifying  R75/5?
Whenever his fire company's tone goes off he is out the door like a flash. Emergency or not, he likes to help other people.
-from a student's paper
Reduction of "*Whether there is an* emergency or not,"