Separated Objects of Prepositions
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
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. 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
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