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Subordinate Clauses 
That Function as Nouns
from 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 brackets around each subordinate clause. If the clause functions as a noun, label its function  ( "Subj.," "IO," "DO," "OP") above the opening bracket. If it functions as an adjective or adverb, draw an arrow from the opening bracket to the word that the clause modifies.
4. Put a vertical line at the end of every main clause.

1. Listen to what is to follow.

2. My petition is, that a morsel of stone or wood, with my husband's

     name, may be placed over him.

3. What I must bid you to do for Charles's sake, is the hardest thing 

     to do of all.

4. The story of his pure soul was exactly what Mr. Attorney-General 

     had described it to be.

5. "You have no business to be incorrigible," was his friend's answer.

6. Besides that I should know it to be hopeless, I should know it to be

     a baseness.

7. It is what I meant to say.

8. "What we should most pray for, was, that our women might be 

     barren and our miserable race die out!"

9. The prisoner's counsel was cross-examining this witness with no result,

     except that he had never seen the prisoner on any other occasion.

10. What those affairs were, a consideration for others who were near 

     and dear to him, forbade him, even for his life, to disclose.