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Identifying Main Clauses
Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities
1. Put parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase. 
2. Underline subjects once, finite verbs twice, and label complements ("PN," "PA," "IO," "DO").
3. Place a vertical line after each main clause.

1. They drew back from the window, and the Doctor looked for 

     explanation in his friend's ashy face.

2. Monseigneur received him in a courtly manner, but they did not 

     shake hands.

3. I don't know; I prefer not to do so.

4. He waited and waited, and the clock struck twelve; but Doctor

     Manette did not come back.

5. "He has never seen me here; I have kept out of his way."

6. But, he spoke, and it was his voice; he took the prisoner's hand, 

     and it was his real grasp.

7. The shining Bull's Eye of the Court was gone, or it would have

     been the mark for a hurricane of national bullets.

8. Crush humanity out of shape once more, under similar hammers,

     and it will twist itself into the same tortured forms.

9. The bank closed, the ancient clerks came out, the usual watch was

     set, and Mr. Cruncher and his son went home to tea.

10. "She is greatly distressed; but her father is comforting her, and

     she feels the better for being out of court."