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Separated Objects of Prepositions
Based on
Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell
     Sometimes compound objects of prepositions are separated from each other by other constructions. In analyzing these, you can consider the preposition as ellipsed and write it in within asterisks:
They were playing ball (with Jim) who was home on vacation from college and (*with* Bill) who was about to leave to play with the Mets.
Note that even if you cannot grammatically explain the constructions that separate the objects of the preposition, you should be able to find them if you pay attention to what the sentence means.

 1. Place parentheses around each prepositional phrase. 
 2. Underline every subject once, every verb twice, and label complements ("PA," "PN," "IO," or "DO"). 

1. Still, he had his own ways of making me understand by the tone of his 

voice or the touch of the rein.

2. At the distance of a mile or two from the village we came to a pretty, low

house, with a lawn and shrubbery at the front and a drive up to the door.

3. One mile of such traveling, with a weight to draw and no firm footing, 

would take more out of us than four on a good road.

4. They are always talking about "keeping the horse well in hand" and 

"holding a horse up," just as if a horse was not made to hold himself up.

5. By this time we were well used to the roar of heavy guns, the rattle of 

musket fire, and the flying of shot near us; but never had I been under 

such a fire as we rode through on that day.

6. Then came up a broad-faced man, dressed in a great gray coat with 

great gray capes and great white buttons, a gray hat, and a blue comforter 

loosely tied round his neck; his hair was gray, too; but he was a 

jolly-looking fellow, and the other men made way for him.