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Subordinate Clauses as Objects of Prepositions
At the Back of the North Wind
by George Macdonald
Simplified by Elizabeth Lewis; Illustrated by Maria L. Kirk 

      In the KISS Approach, you are expected to make some mistakes. This exercise is designed to show you one kind of mistake that you are expected to make. Some prepositions have subordinate clauses as their objects--but you have not yet studied subordinate clauses.
     Basically, a subordinate clause is a sentence that functions as part of another sentence. In the sentences below, these subordinate sentences function as objects of prepositions and are thus parts of prepositional phrases. Don't worry if you miss them. The question is tricky--you are expected to make mistakes here. You will study these again in KISS Level Three.

1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline every finite verb twice, its subject(s) once, and label any complements (“PA,” “PN,” “IO,” or “DO”)..

1. The North Wind must live in what they call "Out-of-Doors."

2. We shall soon get to where the waves are dashing about.

3. "Is it like what's in my book?" he said to himself sleepily.

4. Just then, a great blast of wind brought down the key upon the stones

     at his feet from where it was kept hanging high above his head.

5. The night shimmered with a milky whiteness of stars except where,

     just before them, the gray towers of a cathedral blotted out the sky.