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The KISS Grammar Printable Workbooks The KISS Grammar Anthology

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Walter Paget
Mixed 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.
4. Put a vertical line at the end of every main clause.
5. Put a box around every gerund and gerundive. If it is a gerund indicate its function over the box. If it is a gerundive, draw an arrow to the word it modifies. 
6. Put an oval around every infinitive and indicate (as in three above) its function.
7. Put a wavy line under each noun absolute and label its function. 

1. Where he stumbled, it is highly possible that another man should fall.

2. It seems hard to say why, but I could not burst in on the old man as I 

could on the young woman.

3. It was there he was picked up by Captain Crail.

4. "It is more to the purpose to consider our own behaviour," said I.

5. It is one of the worst things of sentiment, that the voice grows to be 

more important than the words, and the speaker than that which is spoken.

6. It is since I found you had designs upon my own that I have shown you

most respect.