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Subordinate Clauses That Function as Nouns
from Heidi, by Johanna Spyri
Analysis Key

1. [Subj. of "was" "Does Heidi look well, Brigida [DirA]?"] was a frequent 

question (PN), [Adj. to "question" which always got a reassuring answer (DO)]. |
 

2. Heidi's only comfort was [PN that her coming [#1] brought such 

happiness (DO) {to the old woman}]. |
 

3. "How happy (PA) I am to be able to thank you [#2] {for [OP what [#3] 

you have done] }, uncle [DirA] !" |
 

4. [Subj. of "was" What [#4] you asked for] was not very good (PA) {for 

you} just now. |
 

5. Only [Adv. to "did become" when Heidi was sitting {in the train}] did she

become conscious (PA) {of [OP where she was going] }. |
 

6. That is [PN why she thinks {of such absurd things}]. |
 

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

[Adv. to "might have died" while she was away]]. |
 

8. Her father told her (IO) {of [OP what had happened] } and {*of* 

[OP how the doctor had ordered Heidi (DO) back {to her home}, [Adv.

to "had ordered" because her condition was serious (PA) and might get

worse (PA)]] }. |
 

9. [Subj. of "seemed" Whatever (DO) Heidi read] always seemed real

(PA) {to her}. |
 

10. The strange thing was, [PN that none {of the servants} dared to go [#5]

anywhere alone and always found an excuse (DO) to ask each other's company [#6] ]. |


Notes
1. "Coming" is a gerund.
2. "You" is the direct object of the verbal (infinitive)  "to thank." That infinitive phrase functions as an adverb to the adjective "able." "Able: is a predicate adjective after the infinitive "to be." The "to be" phrase functions as an adverb to "happy." The following "for" phrase functions as an adverb to "thank."
3. "What" functions as both a subordinating conjunction and the direct object of "have done."
4. "What" functions as both a subordinating conjunction and either as the object of the preposition (if you explain "for" as such), or as the direct object if you consider "asked for" a phrasal verb that equals "requested."
5. The verbal (infinitive) "to go" functions as the direct object of "dared."
6. "Company" is the direct object of the infinitive "to ask." The infinitive phrase functions as an adverb to "found" or as an adjective to "excuse," or both, depending on how you want to look at it.