The Printable KISS Grammar Workbooks The KISS Workbooks Anthology
Bending and Breaking the Rules
From  My Book of Favorite Fairy Tales
by Edric  Vredenburg; Illustrated by Jennie Harbour
1. Put parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline subjects once, finite verbs twice, and label complements (PN, PA, IO, DO). 
3. Place brackets around each subordinate clause. If the clause functions as a noun, label its function (PN, IO, DO, OP) above the opening bracket. If it functions as an adjective or adverb, draw an arrow from the opening bracket to the word that the clause modifies.
4. Put a vertical line at the end of every main clause.

5. Be prepared to discuss where and how each sentence bends or breaks the rules of punctuation.

1. But the young wife heeded nothing they said or did, all she thought of 

was that little key which she must not use.


2. It was by no means likely that he would forget it, in fact he could think

of nothing else.

["Beauty and the Beast"]

3. In fact, should you open that door, or even put this key into the lock,

I should be dreadfully angry, indeed I should make you suffer for it in a 

terrible way.


4. The King smiled, and himself went to open the rock.

["The White Cat"]

5. In spite of the dwarf's bad temper, the girls took all possible pains to 

release the little man, but without avail; the beard could not be moved, it

was wedged too tightly.

["Snow-White and Rose-Red"]

6. When the merchant arrived at the city, to his dismay he found that the 

man who owed him the money was still unable to pay him, the man 

had been disappointed himself at the last moment. 

["Beauty and the Beast"]