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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.
L2.4 # 1
Palimpsest Patterns


1. Fill the blanks in each of the following sentences with one of the pair of words given.
2. Place parentheses around each prepositional phrase.
3. Underline every subject once and every finite verb twice, and label complements.
3. Put brackets [ ] around every subordinate clause.
4. Put a vertical line after each main clause.
5. Explain why the word you chose functions as a predicate adjective or as an adverb.

1. glad, gladly. He looked __________ when the teacher praised him.

2. high, highly. The river rose__________ and did great damage.

3. sad, sadly.    Annie felt very __________ when her canary died.

4. bad, badly.   Bessie felt __________ because she missed her lesson.

5. splendid, splendidly. The jeweler’s window looked __________.

6. safe, safely.   The ship reached port __________ .

7. safe, safely.   We passed __________ through the rapids.

8. sweet, sweetly.  Those evening bells sound __________ and low.

9. soft, softly.  I like eggs boiled __________.

10. idle, idly.  The tired hands wandered __________ over the keys.