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An Exercise on Mixed Clauses
Based on "How Horatius Kept the Bridge,"
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. 

1. As they were wicked men, the Roman people rose up against them, 

and drove them out of the city.

2. The banished kings then went to Tuscany, where Lars Porsena took 

up their cause, and gathering an army together, went to help them force

an entrance into Rome again.

3. “The pathway is so narrow,” said he, “that if two others will help me, 

we can stop the whole army from advancing. So who will keep the bridge

with me?”

4. Lartius and Herminius just succeeded in getting safely to the farther 

bank, but Horatius remained facing the foe until the last beam fell.

5. Then with a cry he leapt into the foaming stream, and although badly

wounded and heavy with his armour, he managed to rejoin his comrades

on dry land, to the joy of the whole city.