The KISS Grammar Workbooks Return to: The Child's World: Third Reader
The Birds of Killingworth
-- Adapted from Longfellow
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Ex # 6 Punctuation Exercise

The Original Text 

     From all the country round these birds had been brought by order of the 

farmers. The cages were opened, and once more the woods and fields were 

filled with the beautiful birds, who flew about singing their songs of joy. And 

again the harvests grew in the fields and filled to overflowing the farmers' barns.


Analysis Key

    {From all the country} round [#1] these birds had been brought (P) {by order}

{of the farmers}. | The cages were opened (P), | and once more the woods and

fields were filled (P) {with the beautiful birds}, [Adj. to "birds" who flew about

singing their songs [#2] {of joy}]. | And again the harvests grew {in the fields} and

filled {to overflowing} the farmers' barns (DO). |


Notes
1. "Round" is the remnant of "around them," a prepositional phrase that modifies "country."
2. "Songs" is the direct object of the gerundive "singing" which modifies "who."