August 21, 2014

Interactive Phrase Quiz #2

Identify the correct choice in each question … [Read more...]

Interactive Phrase Quiz #1

Identify the correct choice for each question. … [Read more...]

Phrases: The Basics

A phrase is a group of related words that lacks both a subject and a verb. Because it lacks a subject and a predicate it cannot act as a sentence. A phrase typically functions as a single part of speech in a sentence (e.g., noun, adjective, … [Read more...]

Phrases: Prepositional

The prepositional phrase includes the preposition and the object of the preposition as well as any modifiers related to either. A list of common prepositions: above across after* against among around at according … [Read more...]

Phrases: Participial

The participial phrase includes the participle and the object of the participle or any words modified by or related to the participle. [In the following examples, the participle is bold and the participial phrase is underlined.] The car … [Read more...]

Phrases: Gerund

The gerund phrase includes the gerund and the object of the gerund or any modifiers related to the gerund. [In the following examples, the gerund is bold and the gerund phrase is underlined.] Flying above the lake at this time of night seems a … [Read more...]

Phrases: Infinitive

The infinitive phrase includes the infinitive and the object of the infinitive or any modifiers related to the infinitive. [In the following examples, the infinitive is bold and the infinitive phrase is underlined.] Even in New York, fans did … [Read more...]

Appositives

A word, phrase or clause that means the same thing as (i.e., synonym) or further explains another noun (pronoun). Non-restrictive appositives are not essential to the meaning of the sentence. Restrictive appositives are essential to the meaning … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Phrase Practice Exercise Answers

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 … [Read more...]