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KISS Grammar Exercises Based on
Introductory Lessons in English Grammar For Use in Intermediate Grades
By Wm. H. Maxwell, M.A.

L1.2 # 19
Possessive Nouns Function as Adjectives
Analysis Key

1. The robin’s song reached the sick man’s darkened room (DO). |

2. June’s lovely days bring buds (DO) and flowers (DO). |

3. The brook’s clear surface reflected the moon’s silver rays (DO). |

4. The teacher’s explanation made the example clear [#1]. |

5. The flowers’ fragrance completely filled the invalid’s room (DO). |

6. Were John’s clothes well made (P) ? |

7. The tree’s leaves absorb the atmosphere’s poisons (DO). |

8. The boy’s flesh was pierced (P). |

9. The graceful maple tree has shed its beautiful scarlet leaves (DO). |

10. The audience admired the lawyer’s speech (DO). |

1. Expect students to be confused here. They will sense that the answer to "Made what?" is not "example," nor "clear," but rather "example clear." They will not, however, know how to explain this. In KISS Level Four, they will learn that "example" is the subject of, and "clear" is a predicate adjective after the ellipsed infinitive "to be." The infinitive phrase functions as the direct object of "made."