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Exercise # 2 on Compound Main Clauses
from Sherwood Anderson's "The Egg"
Analysis Key

1.) Downstairs the front door {of our restaurant} went shut (PA) [#1] {with a bang} |

and {in a few minutes} father tramped {up the stairs}. |

2.) He swore | and the sweat stood out {on his forehead}. |

3.) He worked and worked | and a spirit {of desperate determination} took

possession (DO) {of him}. |

4.) There [#2] had been a cider mill (PN) and pickle factory (PN) {at the station},

 | but {before the time} {of our coming} they had both gone {out of business}. |

5.) These (DO) he had carefully put {into a box} | and {on our journey} {into 

town} it was carried (P) {on the wagon seat} {beside him}. |

1. "Went shut" can be explained as a palimpsest pattern with "went" written over "became."
2. Alternatively, see Expletive "There."