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Compound Finite Verbs (Ex # 2): from
Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children
by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
Analysis Key through KISS Level Three (Clauses) +

1. Then she locked Robin (DO) {in the room} and went away. |
2. I must go {into the Green Wood} and look [#1] {for Robin}. |

3. Then, {under the Trysting-Tree}, Robin stopped, and blew his horn (DO). |

4. Then the Prioress bent {over Robin} and looked {at him} carefully. |

5. They made a cut (DO) {in the sick person's arm} and let the blood flow [#2] out. |

6. Then he lay down {on the grass} {under the trees} [#3] {with his good long bow} {beside him}, and fell fast asleep. |

7. He often used to hunt {in Sherwood Forest}, or even wander about there [#4] {by himself}. |

1. I would also accept "look for" as the finite verb and "Robin" as its direct object. If we substitute "search" for "look," we would still use the "for," but some people may easily argue that "look for" here means "find." There is no reason to argue with them.
2. "Flow" is not a finite verb (to be underlined) because it does not pass the sentence test -- The blood flow out is not an acceptable sentence. This will confuse students, so I would accept whatever they gave me as the complement of "let." Most students will probably identify "blood" as the direct object, but they will probably be hesitant about it. When they get to infinitives, they will learn that "flow" is an infinitive, "blood" is the subject of the infinitive, and the entire infinitive phrase is the direct object of "let."
3. Note that "under the trees" can be explained as an adjective to "grass," and thus embedded in the previous phrase, or it can be explained as an adverb to "lay."
4. Expect some students to suggest that "about there" is a prepositional phrase. Depending on the circumstances, I might simply accept that -- there are times when we do not want to put students down, and something like this is no great issue. Indeed one can make an argument that it is a prepositional phrase because "there" can function as a pronoun -- They went from here to there." I might also, however, note that both words can be considered adverbs because either one of them can be dropped -- "He used to wander about by himself." "He used to wander there by himself."