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An Exercise in Decombining Clauses
Based on "William Tell,"
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 by writing it as two or more separate sentences.

1. The name of this man was Gessler, and in order to test the people’s 

obedience, he placed his hat upon a pole in the market square of one of 

the principal towns, and commanded that all who passed it should bow 

down before it in token of respect.

2. The tyrant, who knew him to be a clever archer, said that his life would 

be spared only on the condition that he should with an arrow hit an apple 

placed upon the head of his only son.