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Participles

Verbals: Participles and Participial Phrases

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Identify the present participle: Flying too near the ground, the airplane wing caught a tree and crashed into a wheat field. Flying (modifies airplane): Flying too near the ground, the airplane wing caught a tree and crashed into a wheat field.
Identify the past participle: Grandma's fried chicken was steaming when it came out of the deep fryer. fried (modifies chicken): Grandma's fried chicken was steaming when it came out of the deep fryer.
Identify the past participle: When I stubbed my toe, the overworked doctor failed to diagnose it as broken. overworked (modifies doctor): When I stubbed my toe, the overworked doctor failed to diagnose it as broken.
Identify the present participle: The ballerina with a pirouetting solo became ill, so another experienced dancer took her spot. pirouetting (modifies solo): The ballerina with a pirouetting solo became ill, so another experienced dancer took her spot.
Identify the participial phrase: Covered with mud, John's pickup was in need of a wash. Covered with mud (modifies pickup): Covered with mud, John's pickup was in need of a wash.
Identify the participial phrase: The smartly uniformed mailman was carrying numerous packages as he made his way from house to house along our street. smartly uniformed (modifies mailman): The smartly uniformed mailman was carrying numerous packages as he made his way from house to house along our street.
Identify the participial phrase: Last Monday at around three o'clock, the cheerleaders, bubbling with energy, practiced their gymnastic moves on the field. bubbling with energy (cheerleaders): Last Monday at around three o'clock, the cheerleaders, bubbling with energy, practiced their gymnastic moves on the field.
Identify the participial phrase: Meandering toward a nearby pond, a family of snapping turtles crossed the road and trudged through the grass. Meandering toward a nearby pond (modifies family): Meandering toward a nearby pond, a family of snapping turtles crossed the road and trudged through the grass.
Identify the participial phrase: As I was hiking along the trail, I discovered a carefully hidden fox den. carefully hidden (den): As I was hiking along the trail, I discovered a carefully hidden fox den.
Identify the past participle: The final clue was a broken watch that had stopped at twelve o'clock. broken (clock): The final clue was a broken watch that had stopped at twelve o'clock.
Identify the past participle: While hoeing the garden, my father found my lost watch. lost (watch): While hoeing the garden, my father found my lost watch.
Identify the present participle: I was not able to sleep last night because of the dripping faucet in the kitchen. dripping (faucet): I was not able to sleep last night because of the dripping faucet in the kitchen.
Created by: HellerTeacher