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Delayed Subjects
From  My Book of Favorite Fairy Tales
Analysis Key

Note that a delayed subject can simple be moved earlier in the sentence and put in place of the placebo subject "it." For example, "To find a flaw in this lovely little create was impossible."

1. It was impossible (PA) to find a flaw [#1] {in this lovely little creature}. |
 

2. It is probable  (PA) [Delayed Subject that he might have proceeded

{in the same complimentary manner}]. |
 

3. It's taken years [NuA] to cultivate this sort [#2] {of rose}. |
 

4.  It would be a fine thing (PN) to be the mistress {of such a magnificent 

mansion}, and the wife [#3] {of such a rich husband}. |
 

5. Now it happened [Delayed Sentence that {on the very day} [Adj. to "day"

 she was fifteen years [NuA] old (PA) ] the king and queen were not {at 

home} ], [#4] and [Delayed Sentence she was left (P) alone {in the palace}]. |


Notes
1. "Flaw" is the direct object of the infinitive "to find." The infinitive phrase functions as a delayed subject.
2.  "Sort" is the direct object of the infinitive "to cultivate." The infinitive phrase functions as a delayed subject.
3. "Mistress" and "wife" are predicate nouns after the infinitive "to be." The infinitive phrase functions as a delayed subject.
4. I have labeled these "delayed sentences" because it would be extremely unusual to see the clauses in front of the main verb, as in "That on the very day she was fifteen years old the king and queen were not at home happened. The point is, however, not serious enough that I would object to students simply calling them "delayed subjects." (The grammar textbooks, after all, don't get anywhere near these constructions in the first place.) In this sentence, we meet another point not touched on by the grammar textbooks. Is what I have marked as the second delayed sentence actually a subordinate clause, or is it a main clause? I would accept either explanation. For more on this point, see KISS Level  3.2.3 - Interjection? Or Direct Object?