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One fine summer morning at the beginning of harvest, in 1771, I think it was, Mr Earnshaw, the old master, came downstairs, dressed for a journey.

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    I would suggest came. – WS2 Aug 22 '15 at 8:03
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    Stripped of adverbial clauses, the sentence is "Mr Earnshaw came downstairs". The main verb is "came", therefore. – Jonathan Leffler Aug 22 '15 at 9:16
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    @Jonathan Leffler Surgery, while at times necessary, never leaves things looking very nice :( – Edwin Ashworth Aug 22 '15 at 10:47
  • @chasly from UK Just to 'in 1771', surely. The actual year would be more fugitive than the details of the occasion. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 22 '15 at 11:33
  • @EdwinAshworth - You are right. I was so focussed on pointing out that it didn't refer to the subsequent clause that I became careless about what it did refer to. I'll resubmit the comment. – chasly from UK Aug 22 '15 at 11:40
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The main verb is come. The other verbs are part of circumstancial clauses.

  • No, it doesnt differ, that was a mistake on my part. Fixed it. – Amandine FAURILLOU Aug 22 '15 at 16:35

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