The Printable KISS Grammar Workbooks The KISS Workbooks Anthology
Delayed Subjects (& Sentences)
based on
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas
by Jules Verne

Illustration by
W. J. Aylward
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. If it functions as a delayed subject, write "DS" over the opening bracket.
4. Put a vertical line at the end of every main clause.

1. It is possible that certain events, unforeseen, may oblige me to consign

     you to your cabins for some hours or some days, as the case may be.

2. These polypi are found particularly in the rough beds of the sea, near

     the surface; and consequently it is from the upper part that they begin

     their operations in which they bury themselves by degrees in the débris

     of the secretions that support them.

3. However, it was only two months before that we had become, 

     according to Captain Nemo, "passengers on board the Nautilus," but, 

     in reality, prisoners of its commander.

4. It is upon these banks, and on these waters, says Michelet, that man

     is renewed in one of the most powerful climates of the globe.

5. It was no common misanthropy which had shut Captain Nemo and

     his companions within the Nautilus, but a hatred, either monstrous

     or sublime, which time could never weaken.