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The Logic of Subordinate Clauses
At the Back of the North Wind
by George Macdonald
Simplified by Elizabeth Lewis; Illustrated by Maria L. Kirk 
Directions: After each sentence, write the type of the logical connection between each subordinate clause and what it modifies. Begin by determining the type of the subordinate clause (noun, adjective, or adverb). Then use the following: 

For Noun Clauses -- "ID" (for "Identity") plus their function,  for example, "ID, DO"
For Adjectival Clauses -- ID" plus the word that the clause modifies
For Adverbial Clauses -- Use one of the following plus the word that the clause modifies.
Time C/E - result C/E - condition
Space C/E - purpose C/E - concession
C/E - cause C/E - manner Comparison

1. After he was warmed and comforted, they took him back home and

     knocked on the door to arouse his mother.

2. North Wind had sunk his and Mr. Coleman's ship because their 

     business was not honest and was making bad men of them.

3. In parts, the river was so high that some of the grass and some of 

     the roots of the trees were under water.

4. But how can you carry them there if you never saw the place?

5. How dark it was where she lived.

6. Once they ran through a hall where they found both the front and

     back doors open.

7. He came against the lowest of a few steps that stretched across the


8. He heard a low, soft murmuring as if they were talking to themselves

     about him.

9. You lamed yourself on purpose so you could stay in the stable and

     stuff yourself and grow fat!

10. But he was sorry that his mother looked so sad and depressed.

11. But you are no bigger than I am!

12. Diamond's father had been stanch and true to his bargain, though

     it had turned out to be a hard one.

13. I am so happy that I am afraid it is a dream.