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Punctuation and Logic
of Compound Main Clauses
Lassie, Come Home
by Eric Knight 
1. Put parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline subjects once, finite verbs twice, and label complements (PN, PA, IO, DO).
3. Put a vertical line at the end of every main clause.
4. Briefly explain the logic implied by the words and/or punctuation marks that join the compounded main clauses.

1. Their clothes were coated with muck, and in the men's hands or on 

their heads were lanterns.

2. But this at last was her solution -- she must walk among men.

3. She stared at him and then she clasped her hands together.

4. The rain streamed from her coat; the mud splashed up over her legs.

5. Lassie got up again and went back to the sun; but that was not the answer.

6. She tried to lift her head but it would not move.

7. The conclusion to draw is this: Never trust a dog!

8. And the heart was gallant and the instinct was true.

9. Freeth began to laugh, but McBane's tone halted him.

10. "Well, I'll tell you the truth -- it escaped."