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Subordinate Clauses That Function as Nouns
from Heidi
by Johanna Spyri
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  ( "Subj.," "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.

1. "Does Heidi look well, Brigida?" was a frequent question, which always

got a reassuring answer. 

2. Heidi's only comfort was that her coming brought such happiness to the

old woman.

3. "How happy I am to be able to thank you for what you have done, uncle!"

4. What you asked for was not very good for you just now.

5. Only when Heidi was sitting in the train did she become conscious of 

where she was going.

6. That is why she thinks of such absurd things.

7. Her only fear was that the poor blind grandmother might have died 

while she was away.

8. Her father told her of what had happened and how the doctor had

ordered Heidi back to her home, because her condition was serious and

might get worse.

9. Whatever Heidi read always seemed real to her.

10. The strange thing was, that none of the servants dared to go anywhere

alone and always found an excuse to ask each other's company.