October 25, 2014

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...]

Verbals: The basics

A verbal is the form of a verb used as a noun, adjective or adverb. Identifying verbals can be somewhat tricky. While verbals are forms of verbs, they are NOT the action associated with the subject. In other words, they are not verbs. Gerunds … [Read more...]

Verbals: Gerunds

A gerund is the form of a verb, but it is NOT a verb. A gerund is a noun. A gerund ends in "ing." [In the following examples, the gerund is bold and the verb is underlined.] Many local governments and school districts forbid releasing … [Read more...]

Verbals: Participles

A participle is the form of a verb, but it is NOT a verb. A participle is an adjective. A participle ends in "ing" or "ed" or "en." [In the following examples, the participle is bold and the verb is underlined.] As the colonies became a … [Read more...]

Verbals: Infinitives

An infinitive is the form of the verb, but it is not a verb. An infinitive can be a noun, an adjective or an adverb. An infinitive is always "to" plus a verb. [In the following examples, the infinitive is bold and the verb is … [Read more...]

Verbal Practice Exercise

Identify the underlined part of speech. After completing the entire exercise, click on the "Are You Prepared?" button at the bottom of this page to see the answers. 1. The thief arrested for the robbery shot at the security guard. a. gerund     b. … [Read more...]

Verbal Practice Answer Exercise

Identify the underlined part of speech 1. The thief arrested for the robbery shot at the security guard. a. gerund     b. participle     c. infinitive 2. The flag waving in the wind is inspirational. a. gerund     b. participle     c. … [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...]

Nouns: Object of the Verbal

Verbals are forms of verbs used as other parts of speech such as nouns, adjectives or adverbs. In some cases a noun will follow the verbal and "receive" it.  That noun is called the object of the verbal. As with other objects, it can be identified … [Read more...]