The Printable KISS Grammar Workbooks The KISS Literature Anthology
Is It a Preposition?
At the Back of the North Wind
by George Macdonald
Simplified by Elizabeth Lewis; Illustrated by Maria L. Kirk 
1. Put parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase. Draw an arrow from each preposition to the word that its phrase modifies.
2. Underline subjects once, finite verbs twice, and label complements ("PN," "PA," "IO," "DO").

1. He wanted to see how things looked since last night.

2. How long it is since I had anything to eat!

3. Before the end of the month, Ruby had got a great deal thinner

     and old Diamond a good deal fatter.

4. This is my old home before we moved into the city.

5. Then after a time, he stood in the middle of the room and told

     them a nice fairy story.

6. After the new baby came, Diamond sang to her.

7. And here is the book for you, full of pictures and stories.

8. He was sitting by the fire and looking rather miserable for his

     head ached.

9. But at once, sharp as a knife, the wind came against his little 

    chest and bare legs.

10. Often there was hay at little Diamond's feet as he lay in bed.

11. From her head streamed out her black hair in every direction

     like dark clouds.

12. Then at last, he would scramble out of the hay, shoot like an 

     arrow into his bed, cover himself up, snuggle down, and think 

     what a happy boy he was!