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Varied Positions in S/V/C Patterns
Lassie, Come Home, by Eric Knight 
Analysis Key

1. {Behind her} was the protecting overhang {of the rock}. |
 

2. Wide, expansive bodies (PN) {of water} they are. |
 

3. Stretching away {below them} was the moon-lit land. |
 

4. Evening came, | and {across the river} was the sound {of the herder and

the lowing} {of the cows}. [#1] |
 

5. Not a word (DO) did his parents speak {to him}. |
 

6. That much (DO) I'll give him (IO). |
 

7. Isn't she happy (PA) here? |
 

8. {On his horse} sat the Duke. |
 

9. Then, {from the farm} below [#2], came the muffled voice {of a man}. |
 

10. Nor was her head as high [#3] now. |
 

11. A terrible creature (PN) it was. |


Notes
1. Some people may consider "lowing" as a separate subject. That raises a question of subject/verb agreement. If "lowing" is a separate subject, should "was" be "were." The general rule here is that if the two subjects are considered (by the writer/speaker) to be a single unit, the verb can be singular. The typical example is: Peanut butter and jelly makes (not "make") a good snack.
2. In context, the object of the preposition "below" is an understood (ellipsed) "Lassie." The phrase modifies "farm."
3. Some people will explain "high" as a predicate adjective that modifies "head." Others will see it as an adverb indicates where Lassie's head was *held*. The "as" implies a comparison when "then." We could look at it as a reduction of "as high now *as it was then*."