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Embedded Prepositional Phrases
Analysis Keys

    The younger daughter, [Adj. to "daughter" who was the very picture (PN) 

{of her father} {for courtesy and sweetness} {of temper}], was withal one (PN)

{of the most beautiful girls} ever seen [#1]. | [Adv. to "doted" As people

naturally love their own likeness (DO)], the mother doted {on her elder 

daughter} and {at the same time} had a horrible aversion (DO) {for the younger}. |

She made her eat [#2] {in the kitchen} and work continually. |



     The King's son, [Adj. to "son" who saw five or six pearls [#3] and as many

diamonds [#3] come [#3] {out of her mouth}], desired her to tell him [#4] [DO

how that happened]. | She thereupon told him (IO) the whole story

(DO). | The King's son fell {in love} {with her}, and, considering [#5] {with 

himself} [DO of "considering" that such a gift was worth (PA) more [#6] {than 

any marriage portion} [#7], conducted her (DO) {to the palace}  {of the King} 

his father [#8], and there married her (DO). |


Notes
1. The phrase "ever seen" is a reduction of the subordinate clause "who was ever seen" and modifies "girls." It is, therefore, embedded in the "of" phrase. Although I would not explain that to students working at KISS Level Two, I would accept "of the most beautiful girls ever seen" as a prepositional phrase.
2. "Her" is the subject of the infinitives "eat" and "work." The infinitive phrase functions as the direct object of "made."
3. Many students will (as I initially did) underline "pearls" and "diamonds" as subjects and also underline "come" twice as the finite verb that goes with them. "Come," however, is a verbal (infinitive) here. We can verify this by replacing "pearls" and "diamonds" with a pronoun--which would have to be "them" and not "they." Thus "pearls and ...diamonds come" is the core of an infinitive phrase that functions as the direct object of "saw."
4. "Her" is the subject, "him" is the indirect object, and the clause is the direct object of the infinitive "to tell." The infinitive phrase functions as the direct object of "desired."
5. "Considering" is a gerundive that modifies "son."
6. "More" is a pronoun that functions as a noun used as an adverb.
7.  Some people prefer to explain "than" in this case as a subordinate conjunction in an ellipsed clause -- "than any marriage portion was worth." 
8. Some students will mark the last phrase as "{of the King his father}." Technically, they have a good argument because "his father" is an appositive embedded in the prepositional phrase. If the students have not yet studied appositives, either answer should be accepted.