The KISS Grammar Printable Workbooks The KISS Grammar Anthology

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Walter Paget
Clauses as Delayed Subjects
The Master of Ballantrae
Robert Louis Stevenson
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 will seem even strange to you that I should love him.

2. It's one of the remarks that fall to be made upon our escape, how 

providentially our steps were conducted to the very end.

3.  It came upon me in a kind of vision how hugely I had overrated the 

man's subtlety.

4. It will be gathered from so much familiar talk, and so much patience on

both sides, that we now lived together upon excellent terms.

5. We laboured all day, and it is doubtful if we made two miles.