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Unformatted text preview: 1. I begin with the ridiculous, in June 1952, middle-century Minnesota, on that silvery-hot morning when Herbie Zylstra and I nailed two plywood boards together and called it an airplane. (adjective) 2. “What we need,” said Herbie, “is an engine.” (verb) 3. The word engine —its meaning beyond mere meaning—began to open up for me. (preposition) 4. I went into the house and found my father. (object of a preposition/complement of a prep) 5. “I’ll need an engine,” I told him. (pronoun) 6. “Engine?” he said. (noun) 7. “For an airplane.” (article) 8. My father thought about it. (preposition) 9. “Makes sense,” he said. “One airplane engine, coming up.” (noun) —Tim O’Brien, Tomcat in Love...
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