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Separated Objects of Prepositions
from Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Analysis Key

1. I do not want to see her [#1] {with feathers} {in her hat} and {*with* wicked 

words} {like yours}. |

2. Miss Rottenmeier wore a peculiar uniform (DO) {with a long cape}, and

a high cap [#2] {on her head}. |

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

shutting} {of doors} and {about going [#3] } {to bed}, and {*about* a hundred

other things}. |

4. Heidi had told Clara (IO) over and over again {of all the flowers} {on the pasture},

{of the masses} {of golden roses} and {*of*  the blue-flowers} [Adj. to "blue-flowers"

that covered the ground (DO)]. |

5. That suited Heidi (DO), | and {with one arm} {round Schwänli} and {*with*

 the other} {round Bärli}, she wandered up. |

6. No sound could be heard (P) {except the rustling} {of the wind} and {*except*

the hum} {of little insects} [#4]. |

1. "Her" is the direct object of the verbal (infinitive) "to see." The verbal phrase is the direct object of "want."
2. Some people will see "cap" as another direct object of "wore," and others will see it as a second object of the preposition "with." Grammarians will disagree about this, so students should be able to give either explanation.
3. "Going" is a verbal (gerund) that functions as the object of the preposition. From what I've seen, many grammarians would not consider "shutting" a gerund because it is preceded by "the." (Note that the preceding "the" stops the verbal from taking a complement -- "They were talking about batting a baseball." becomes "They were talking about the batting of a baseball."
4. The "except" phrases function as adverbs to the adjective "No."