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

Compounding within S/V/C Patterns Ex # 2

     Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky, the founders of developmental cognitive psychology, both suggest that mastery of a concept involves the ability to undo a mental process. The undoing of sentence-combining is de-combining. Thus most sentence combining exercises in KISS are paired with a de-combining exercise.

Analysis Key

He can turn cartwheels (DO), stand {on his head}, ride see-saw (DO), throw

snowballs (DO), play ball (DO), crow {like a cock}, eat bread (DO) and

butter (DO) and drink sour milk (DO), tear his trousers (DO), wear holes (DO)

{in his elbows}, break the crockery (DO) {in pieces}, throw balls (DO) {through the 

windowpanes}, draw old men (DO) {on important papers}, walk {over the flower-beds},

eat himself sick [#1] {with gooseberries}, and be well [#2] {after a whipping}. |

1. Traditional grammars consider "himself" to be the direct object of "eat" and "sick" to be an "objective complement." KISS allows an alternative explanation, thereby eliminating objective complements. Thus "sick" can be considered a predicate adjective after an ellipsed infinitive (*to be*). "Himself is the subject of that infinitive, and the infinitive phrase is the direct object of "eat."
2. Some grammarians will probably consider "well" to be functioning as an adverb to "be"; others will consider it a predicate adjective. Thus either explanation should be accepted. Note, by the way, that the initial "can" carries across all the verbs.