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Fill in the Blanks with Interesting Verbs
From The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Analysis Key

     This exercise works best when the students in the class take ten minutes to fill in verbs independently, and then work as a class to share and discuss what they came up with.

1. [DO [#1] "I don't know anything (DO) {about him},"] snapped Mary. |

2. The wind itself [#2] had ceased | [#3] and a brilliant, deep blue sky

     arched high {over the moorland}. |

3. [DO [#1] "He does look rather better (PA), sir [DirA],"] ventured

     Mrs. Medlock. |

4. Mary flew {across the grass} {to him}. |

5. The wind swept {in soft big breaths} down {from the moor}. |

6. She put her hand (DO) {on his shoulder} and smiled the mist (DO)

     {out of her eyes}. |

7. [DO [#1] "I never thowt much [NuA] {o' thee}!"] he harangued. |

8. The train whirled him (DO) {through mountain passes and golden plains}. |

9. One morning [NuA] the rain streamed down unceasingly. |

10. Sometimes the stream made a sound (DO) rather {like very low laughter}

     [Adv. to "made" as it bubbled {over and round stones}]. |

11. The afternoon was dragging {toward its mellow hour}. | The sun was

     deepening the gold (DO) {of its lances}. |

1. For an alternative explanation of the clause structure, see KISS Level 3.2.3 - Interjection? Or Direct Object?
2. "Itself" is an appositive to "wind." See KISS Level 5.4.
3. Note that the two main clauses are joined by "and"--without a preceding comma.