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

     Verbs can be objects of a preposition, including the preposition "to." When they are, consider their objects and adverbial modifiers as part of the prepositional phrase:

They were happy {about having him home}.

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. They could not get back to carrying on their business in the right way. 

2. The little girl was far happier in having him with her.

3. I've always been used to watching her.

4. You were very near then, Diamond, to knowing what my other name is.

5. "Oh! oh!" cried Diamond after staring for a few moments.

6. "What do you mean, little boy, by closing up my window?"

7. I must hurry back to my crossing and sweep it and get money to 

     take home.

8. What was his delight on going into the stable.

9. He stopped to look out of a window before going to bed.

10. Old Diamond just snorted sleepily in reply and gave all his 

     attention to doubling up his knees and getting down upon the floor

     to go to sleep.