1. Put parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline subjects once, finite verbs twice, and label complements (PN, PA, IO, DO).
3. Place brackets around each subordinate clause. If the clause functions as a noun, label its function (PN, IO, DO, OP) above the opening bracket. If it functions as an adjective or adverb, draw an arrow from the opening bracket to the word that the clause modifies.
4. Put a vertical line at the end of every main clause.
5. Briefly explain the logic implied by the words and/or punctuation marks that join the compounded main clauses.
1. Animals are creatures of habit
-- but new habits can be formed.
2. But behind him the cottage door
opened and his mother's voice spoke.
3. Then, when the boy was nearer, they heard his cry: "She's come back!
She's come back!"
4. Rowlie tried to teach her to swing along under the wagon behind the
rear axle, as a well-trained Dalmatian carriage dog would have done in
the days of traps and phaetons;
Lassie would have none of it.
5. Where the cold-blood horse will quit and give no more, the thoroughbred
will answer and give another burst of speed gallantly, even if he is spending
the last ounce of life strength; where the mongrel dog will whine and slink
away, the pure-bred will still stand
with uncomplaining fearlessness.
6. And so Lassie, although now much warier, treated these men as she
had treated those other men in her own village: she accepted them, but
responded to none of them, nor went where they could touch her, nor
answered any of their commands.
7. And I got mad at him, for I don't owe him a penny, Duke or no Duke,
and I said if she got away again, he'd not see her no more, and he said if
she ever got away again I was welcome
to her, but he'd see she didn't.
8. There were two opposing forces struggling in Lassie -- one to keep away
from men; the other to defend her home.