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Compound Main Clauses
Ex # 3 Based on “The Three Little Gnomes”
From FRIENDLY FAIRIES Written & Illustrated by Johnny Gruelle

Analysis Key

1. So Fuzzy Fox ran {through the forest}, | but he could not find the little boy’s 

home (DO). |

2. No one {in my country} shall hunt {through this forest}, | and {from now} on your 

forest friends will be unmolested (P) and can always live here {in peace and 

happiness}. |

3. So Fuzzy Fox came {to the edge} {of the forest} | and then the three little gnomes 

saw a large castle (DO) away {in the distance} {with bright red roofs} {on the tall towers}. |

4. Then the kind Fuzzy Fox took the three little gnomes (DO) and the little boy (DO) 

{upon his back} and ran {to the edge} {of the forest} | and {on the way} they stopped 

to see [#1] the wounded animals (DO). |

5. Soon there [#2] came a great many people, | and riding {upon a fine horse} {in front} 

{of his Daddy} was the little boy, | but this day [NuA] he wore fine silk and satin clothes (DO). |

1. At this point in their work, I would simply accept "stopped to see" as the finite verb from third graders. Technically, "to see" is an infinitive (verbal) that functions as an adverb to "stopped." "Animals" is the direct object of "to see." Distinguishing finite verbs from verbals is introduced later in the third grade workbook.
2. The preferred KISS explanation here is to consider "There" as the subject, and "people" as a predicate noun. This explanation, however, involves a palimpsest pattern in which "came" is written over "were." Still another alternative is to explain "there" as an expletive