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How Brave Walter Hunted Wolves
From The Lilac Fairy Book, edited by Andrew Lang

De-Combining Compound Finite Verbs

Directions:
1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase. 
2. Underline verbs twice, their subjects once, and label complements (PA, PN, IO, or DO).

Then, rewrite the passage into sentences so that every sentence has only one verb phrase. 
 

He can turn cartwheels, stand on his head, ride see-saw, throw snowballs, 

play ball, crow like a cock, eat bread and butter and drink sour milk, tear his 

trousers, wear holes in his elbows, break the crockery in pieces, throw balls 

through the windowpanes, draw old men on important papers, walk over the 

flower-beds, eat himself sick with gooseberries, and be well after a whipping.