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Distinguishing Finite Verbs from Verbals
From Rip Van Winkle, by Washington Irving
N. C. Wyeth
1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline every finite verb twice, its subject(s) once, and label any complements (“PA,” “PN,” “IO,” or “DO”). 
3. Make a rectangle around each verbal.

1. They came to a hollow, like a small amphitheatre, surrounded by 

perpendicular precipices.

2. The spirits influenced the weather, spreading sunshine or clouds 

over the landscape, and sending good or bad hunting seasons.

3. She dwelt on the highest peak of the Catskills, and had charge of the

doors of day and night to open and shut them at the proper hour.

4. Panting and fatigued, he threw himself, late in the afternoon, on a

green knoll, covered with mountain herbage, that crowned the brow of

a precipice.

5. Supposing the figure to be some one of the neighborhood in need of 

his assistance, he hastened down to yield it.

6. He would carry a fowling-piece on his shoulder, for hours together,

trudging through woods and swamps, and up hill and down dale, to 

shoot a few squirrels or wild pigeons.