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 (PN, 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.
5. Label each post-positioned adjective "PPA."
1. She has not the slightest desire to do something useful.
2. Heidi came running to Peter, with her apron full of flowers.
3. Something strange and weird was happening in the house.
4. "Yes, of course. You can have several if you have room for
them," the old man said, glad to find a good home for the kittens.
5. Nothing remarkable happened for a few days.
6. "This is a chair for me. I am sure of it because it is so high. How
quickly it was made!" said the child, full of admiration and wonder.
7. When the wind would howl through the fir-trees on those stormy
days, Heidi would run out to the grove, thrilled and happy by the
wondrous roaring in the branches.
8. Soon Peter arrived, white with fear, for he thought his doom had
9. When they had all come down with terrified looks, they were most
surprised to see Mr. Sesemann fresh and cheerful, giving orders.
10. Heidi had suddenly learned to read with the utmost correctness,
most rare with beginners.