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Distinguishing Finite Verbs from Verbals
Based on "Damon and Pythias,"
from - Golden Deeds:
Stories from History Retold for Little Folk
London: Blackie and Son Limited
Directions:
1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase. 
2. Underline finite verbs twice, their subjects once, and label complements (PA, PN, IO, or DO). 

1. The city of Syracuse was once ruled over by a clever but very cruel 

man called Dionysius.
 

2. Perhaps he would not have been so harsh and cruel if he had been 

able to trust his people.
 

3. Pythias begged to be allowed to go and bid his relations in the country

farewell, promising to return at a given time to suffer the death to which 

he had been condemned.
 

4. Time went on and the day fixed for his return drew near, but still he 

did not come.
 

5. Calling him and Damon to his side he entreated them to allow him to 

be a third in their friendship.
 

6. But a few minutes before the fatal time Pythias rushed in, and having

warmly embraced his friend, he went forward to take his place.