The KISS Grammar Workbooks Back to April Menu
(Code and Color Key

Embedded Prepositional Phrases (Ex # 1): from
Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children
by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall

 

Analysis Key

1. It happened {on a bright, sunshiny day} {in early spring} [#1]. |

 
2. So he threw his bow (DO) and arrows (DO) {on the bank} {behind him} [#2]. |

3.  We must ask him (IO) to come and have dinner [#3] {with us and the Sheriff} {in the town-hall} today. |

4. {Round her white throat} and {in her golden hair}, wonderful pearls gleamed {in the dim light}. |
 

5. Robin, {as the greatest stranger}, had the place (DO) {of honour} {on the Sheriff's right hand}. |


Notes
1. The phrase "in early spring" can be explained as an adjective to "day" and/or as an adverb to "happened."
2.  The phrase "behind him" can be explained as an adjective to "bank" and/or as an adverb to "threw."
3. "Dinner" is the direct object of the infinitive "have"; the infinitives "to come and have" function as the direct object of "must ask." Note that "him" functions as both the indirect object of "must ask" and as the subject of the infinitives.