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Separated Objects of Prepositions
from Heidi by Johanna Spyri
 
     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.

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

1. I do not want to see her with feathers in her hat and wicked words like yours.
 

2. Miss Rottenmeier wore a peculiar uniform with a long cape, and a high cap

on her head.
 

3. A great many rules followed now about behavior at all times, about the

shutting of doors and about going to bed, and a hundred other things.
 

4. Heidi had told Clara over and over again of all the flowers on the pasture,

of the masses of golden roses and the blue-flowers that covered the ground.
 

5. That suited Heidi, and with one arm round Schwänli and the other round

Bärli, she wandered up.
 

6. No sound could be heard except the rustling of the wind and the hum of

little insects.