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Identifying Main Clauses
From Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities
Analysis Key

1. My picture was {in her room}, | and I was {in her prayers}. |

2. You must not expect it (DO), | or you will always be disappointed (P). |

3. He knew {of no rock}; | he saw hardly any danger (DO). |

4. All sorts {of people} have been proposed (P) {to me}, | but I will have 

     nothing (DO) to say [#1] {to any} {of them}. |

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

     and she was gone (PA). |

6. Occasionally, a stray workman putting his coat [#2] on, traversed the 

     hall (DO), | or a stranger peered about there, | or a distant clink

     was heard (P) {across the courtyard}, | or a thump *was heard (P)

     {from the golden giant}. |

7. {On the three following days} he remained perfectly well (PA), | and 

     {on the fourteenth day} he went away to join Lucie and her husband [#3]. |

8. "Some papers had been handed (P) about {among them}, | but I don't 

     know what papers (DO)." |

9. She had reserved this last evening (DO) {for her father}, | and they

     sat alone {under the plane-tree}. |

10. The burning {of the body} ( [#4] previously reduced [#5] {to pieces} 

     convenient [#6] {for the purpose} ) was commenced (P) {without delay}

      {in the kitchen fire}; | and the tools, shoes, and leather, were buried (P) 

     {in the garden}. |

1. The infinitive "to say" functions as an adjective to "nothing."
2. "Coat" is the direct object of the gerundive "putting" which functions as an adjective to "workman." (At KISS Level 5.8, some people may prefer to see "workman putting" as the core of a noun absolute that functions as the subject.)
3. "Lucie" and "husband" are direct objects of the infinitive "to join." The infinitive phrase functions as an adverb (purpose) to "went."
4. Rhetoricians, for obvious reasons, call the words within the parentheses a "parenthetical expression." Such expressions usually include relevant, but less important, ideas.
5. The gerundive "reduced" modifies "body."
6. "Convenient" is a post-positioned adjective to "pieces." See KISS Level 5.5.