Feb. 3, 2013
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KISS Level 5.5 - Post-Positioned Adjectives

Notes for Teachers

     “Post-positioned adjectives” is actually a short-cut because, as the instructional material indicates, most cases can be explained as ellipsed clauses based on an S/V/PN pattern. For students who can understand appositives, this construction should be very easy to master, and it is also important for statistical stylistic studies because it has the effect of tightening the style by eliminating the pronoun and form of the verb “to be” that appear is subordinate S/V/PA clauses. Some writers use this construction frequently; others don’t. 

Suggested Directions for Analytical Exercises
1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline verbs twice, their subjects once, and label complements (“PA,” “PN,” “IO,” or “DO”).
3. Place brackets [ ] around each subordinate clause. If the clause functions as a noun, label its function. If it functions as an adjective or adverb, draw an arrow from the opening bracket to the word that the clause modifies.
4. Place a vertical line after each main clause.
5. Label each post-positioned adjective "PPA."

Probable Time Required
     For students who have mastered clauses, two exercises should suffice.

Exercises # 1 a & b - Identification 
Instructional Material
From 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas, by Jules Verne AK ToC G6
From Heidi, by Johanna Spyri AK ToC G6; IG6
From The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett AK ToC G7; IG6
From The Master of Ballantrae, by R. L. Stevenson AK ToC G9
From Stephen Crane's "The Blue Hotel" AK ToC G9
From A Dog of Flanders by Ouida  AK ToC G10
Dreiser's "The Lost Phoebe," PPA Ex # 1 Text AK ToC G10
Dreiser's "The Lost Phoebe," PPA Ex # 2 Text AK ToC -
From  Conrad's "The Lagoon" Ex # 1 [Simple] Text AK ToC  -
From  Conrad's "The Lagoon" Ex # 2 [Moderate] Text AK ToC G11
From  Conrad's "The Lagoon" Ex # 3 [Includes Appositives] Text AK ToC G11
Exercise # 2 - Rewrite - From MC to SC to PPA
See also the exercises in the P/A section.
From Vredenburg's "The White Cat" Text AK ToC G6
Nesbit's Version of Shakespeare's Pericles Text AK ToC G8
From A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens AK ToC G9
Exercise # 3  - A Passage for Analysis
Emerson, Ralph Waldo. "For flowers that bloom" AK ToC  G6
Shakespeare's Macbeth (5.3.23-29)  AK ToC G8
Robert Frost's "Design" AK ToC G9
Robert Southey's sonnet -  "To a Goose" AK ToC G10
From Maupassant's "The Necklace" Text AK ToC G11
Exercise # 4 - A Treasure Hunt
     In a book that you are reading, find five sentences that include a post-positioned adjective and make an exercise (with an analysis key).