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An Exercise on Passive Verbs
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. 
5. Draw an oval around each passive verb phrase.

1. When the Emperor Albert ruled over Germany, he wished to govern the

people of Switzerland in such a way that their independent spirit would be


2. A certain brave Swiss, named William Tell, having refused to obey such

an absurd order, was at once arrested and taken before Gessler.

3. Gessler, who was enraged at Tellís success, noticed that he carried 

another arrow under his cloak.