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Exercise # 19 Based on
The Tale of Samuel Whiskers by Beatrix Potter
Compound Sentences
Analysis Key

1. Once they heard a door bang [#1] | and somebody scuttered downstairs. |

2. She caught Moppet (DO) and Mittens (DO), | but she could not find Tom (DO). |

3. They poked {under the beds} {with Ribby's umbrella}, | and they rummaged {in cupboards}. |

4. There [Expl] was a pattering noise (PN) | and an old woman rat poked her head (DO) {round a rafter}. |

5. But just{at that moment} somebody knocked {at the front door}, | and Moppet

jumped {into the flour barrel} {in a fright}. |

1. I would expect students to be confused here. Some will simply mark "door" as the direct object, and at this KISS Level, I would accept that. "Bang" is not a finite verb because "A door bang" does not pass the sentence test. (It is an infinitive; "door" is its subject, and the infinitive phrase functions as the direct object of "heard.") Note also that Potter did not use a comma between the two main clauses.