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Recognizing Antecedents - Fill-in-the-Blanks
From  At the Back of the North Wind
by George Macdonald

 The original text is:

1. Diamond ran after the little girl and caught hold of her frock but it tore in his hand. Then he ran fast enough to get in front of her and turning around, caught her in his arms. Just then, he thought he got a glimpse of North Wind turning the corner in front of them. They must go with her of course, and sure enough, when they turned the corner after her, they found it quite quiet there.

2. At last, Diamond gave a great sigh and said, "I am so tired!" He did not hear the gentle echo which answered from far away over his head. For at that moment, he came against the lowest of a few steps that stretched across the church, and fell down and hurt his arm. He cried a little at first, and then crawled up the steps on his hands and knees. At the top, he came to a little bit of carpet on which he lay down.

Analysis Key

1. Diamond ran {after the little girl} and caught hold (DO) {of her frock} | but

it tore {in his hand}. | Then he ran fast enough to get [#1] {in front} {of her} and

turning [#2] around, caught her (DO) {in his arms}. | Just then, he thought [DO

he got a glimpse (DO) {of North Wind} turning the corner [#3] {in front} {of 

them}]. | They must go {with her} {of course} [#4], | and sure enough, [Adv.

to "found" when they turned the corner (DO) {after her}], they found it quite 

quiet [#5] there. |

2. {At last}, Diamond gave a great sigh (DO) and said, [DO "I am so tired

(PA)!"] | He did not hear the gentle echo (DO) [Adj. to "echo" which answered

{from far away} {over his head}]. | For [#6] {at that moment}, he came {against

the lowest} {of a few steps} [Adj. to "steps" that stretched {across the church}], and

fell down and hurt his arm (DO). | He cried a little [NuA # 7] {at first}, and then 

crawled {up the steps} {on his hands and knees}. | {At the top}, he came {to a little

bit} {of carpet} [Adj. to "carpet" {on which} he lay down]. |


Notes
1. The verbal (infinitive) "to get" functions as an adverb of purpose to "enough."
2. The verbal (gerundive) "turning" functions as an adjective to "he."
3. "Corner" is the direct object of "turning." "Turning" can be explained as a verbal (gerundive) that modifies "North Wind." At KISS Level 5.8 - Noun Absolutes, many students may prefer to see "North Wind turning" as the core of a noun absolute that functions as the object of the preposition. Note that the "in front" phrase can also be explained as an adverb (Where?) to "turning."
4. Some people will see "of course" functioning as an adverb, and others will see it as an interjection.
5. "It" is the subject of and "quiet" is a predicate adjective after an ellipsed verbal (infinitive) "to be." The infinitive phrase functions as the direct object of "found." See "ellipsed infinitives" in KISS Level 4 - Verbals (Gerunds, Gerundives, & Infinitives).
6. See KISS Level 3.2.2 - "So" and "For" as Conjunctions.
7. If you do not want to consider "little" a noun that functions as an adverb, consider it an adjective to an ellipsed noun, "bit."