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Mixed Verbals
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 ("PN," "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.
5. Put a box around every gerund and gerundive. If it is a gerund (i.e., it functions as a noun) indicate its function over the box. If it is a gerundive, draw an arrow to the word it modifies. 
6. Put an oval around every infinitive and indicate (as in three above) its function.

1. Sydney Carton drank nothing but a little coffee, ate some bread,

     and, having washed and changed to refresh himself, went out to

     the place of trial.

2. Among these, accordingly, much discoursing with spirits went on--and

     it did a world of good which never became manifest.

3. Even to hear that you had such thoughts of a daughter who never

     existed, strikes to my heart as if I had been that child.

4. It was the first time, except at the trial, of her ever hearing him refer

     to the period of his suffering.

5. It was now Young Jerry's turn to approach the gate.

6. But the crowning unreality of his long unreal ride, was, their all at once

     rising to receive him, with every refinement of manner known to the time.

7. When it was yet light enough to work and read, she had neither engaged

     herself in her usual work, nor had she read to him.

8.  Nothing would induce him to speak more.

9. I have had unformed ideas of striving afresh, beginning anew, shaking

     off sloth and sensuality, and fighting out the abandoned fight.

10. Carton terminated the conversation here, by rising to help him on 

     with his outer coat.

11. Her hope had been to avert the wrath of Heaven from a House that

     had long been hateful to the suffering many.