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An Exercise on Mixed Verbals
Based on The Queen of the Pirate Isle
by Bret Harte
Illustrated by Kate Greenaway
1. Place parentheses around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline every subject once, every verb twice, and label complements ("PA," "PN," "IO," "DO").
3. Put brackets [ ] around every subordinate clause and use arrows or labels to indicate their function.
4. Put a vertical line at the end of every main clause.
5. Put a box around every gerund and gerundive. Label the function of gerunds and draw a line from each gerundive to the word it modifies.
6. Draw an oval around every infinitive and label its function.

1. The rescued party, from two o'clock until four, passed six weeks

on the island supported only by a piece of candle, a box of matches,

and two peppermint lozenges.

2. Being left in the proximity of Wan Lee's evil spirit, without Wan

Lee's exorcising power, was anything but reassuring.

3. To creep to the edge of the cliff, to sit upon the brown branches

of some fallen pine, and putting aside the dried tassels to look down

upon the backs of wheeling hawks that seemed to hang in mid-air 

was a never failing delight.

4. They solemnly began to wade in the pool's viscid paint-like shallows.

5. A fearful desire to continue their awful experiments, instead of 

pursuing their piratical avocations, was taking possession of them.

6. Wan Lee suddenly began to blink his eyes with unwonted excitement.

7. There were no frowning rocks to depress the children's fancy.

8. Hickory looking down at Patsey's bare feet instantly took off his

own shoes.

9. She, however, made preparation for the proposed flight by settling

in her mind which of her two dolls she would take.

10. To evade the direct question she had no choice but to abandon

her defiant attitude.

11. Probably the principal object of this performance was to produce

a thick coating of mud on the feet and ankles.