November 25, 2014

Phrase Practice Exercise

After completing the quiz, click on the “Are You Prepared?” button at the bottom of this page to see the answers.

Instructions: Identify the underlined phrase or clause.

1. Steven’s book, which made Oprah’s Book Club this month, is not in any stores.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

2. While preparing for the speech, Joe couldn’t help but worry about his entrance.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

3. Ahmad wants to visit Quebec, but he will need to wait for his next vacation.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

4. Hoping for a miracle, the doctors continued the surgery.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

5. Our boss supports donating time to charity.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

6. Melanie hoped to find a cure for the disease, but she tried to be realistic.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

7. After the banquet, the cooks will take a well-deserved break.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

8. Joey is hoping for a change to play pool with his uncle.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

9. The dog that Sam chose from the litter seems to be healthy.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

10. Sam Smith, who recently spoke to the youth group, excels at motivating young people.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

11. Pushed beyond endurance, the runner dropped the baton.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

12. The shoes he saw in the catalogue are available down the street.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

13. The reporter crouched behind that tree got the best picture of the arrest.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

14. Keith tried supporting both teams, but his heart was with Oregon.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

15. Katrina, who resented being left at home, drew on the walls with her crayons.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

16. Arnold hoped to find an answer to the funding shortfall.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

17. Pressed for time, the agent ran the red light.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

18. His uncle thinks that working for the government is the key to stability.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

19. Richard’s chance to make his point slipped away.

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

20. Is it possible that Joshua will compete against that man?

a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase

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