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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. My picture was in her room, and I was in her prayers.

2. You must not expect it, or you will always be disappointed.

3. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger.

4. All sorts of people have been proposed to me, but I will have 

     nothing to say to any of them.

5. And her agitated hand waved to them from a chaise window, 

     and she was gone.

6. Occasionally, a stray workman putting his coat on, traversed the 

     hall, or a stranger peered about there, or a distant clink was heard

     across the courtyard, or a thump from the golden giant.

7. On the three following days he remained perfectly well, and on the

     fourteenth day he went away to join Lucie and her husband.

8. "Some papers had been handed about among them, but I don't 

     know what papers."

9. She had reserved this last evening for her father, and they sat alone

     under the plane-tree.

10. The burning of the body (previously reduced to pieces convenient

     for the purpose) was commenced without delay in the kitchen fire; 

     and the tools, shoes, and leather, were buried in the garden.