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Subordinate Clauses as Objects of Prepositions
Ex # 2 based on
Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell

     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. He must never start at what he sees, nor speak to other horses, nor bite, 

nor kick, nor have any will of his own.

2. She had a good idea of what was coming.

3. I am never afraid of what I know.

4. It won't stand when things come to be turned inside out and put down 

for what  they are.

5. The sides of the box were not so high but that I could see all that went 

on through the iron rails that were at the top.

6. So she went on till after he was buried.

7. The children had many consultations together about what father and 

mother would do, and how they could help to earn money.