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An Exercise on Decombining Sentences
Based on "Casabianca,"
from - Golden Deeds:
Stories from History Retold for Little Folk
London: Blackie and Son Limited
1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase. 
2. Underline finite verbs twice, their subjects once, and label complements (PA, PN, IO, or DO). 
3. Place brackets [ ] around each subordinate clause. 
4. Place a vertical line after each main clause. 

Then decombine each sentence into as many short sentences as you can.

1. The famous admiral, Lord Nelson, was in command of the British fleet, 

and he won a most glorious victory in which only four French ships escaped.

2. Lord Nelson immediately gave orders that the British boats should be put 

off to save as many as possible of the poor sailors on the burning vessel.

3. When the boats reached her side, most of the French officers accepted

the offer of safety and sprang into them.

4. Standing upon LíOrientís deck was the little ten-year-old son of the 

Captain, named Casabianca, who was the favourite of everyone on board, 

and as he made no attempt to move, the British sailors shouted to him 

to come with them.

5. A dead silence followed this fearful sound, and then the British boats 

rowed busily about, picking up those who had leapt from the burning 

vessel in time to save their lives.