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P hrases: Verb versus Gerundial versus Participial
 
Lesson 3-15
Prompt:The "ing" present participle of present tense verbs is usually found as a verb phrase, a gerundial phrase, or a participial phrase.
Example:1) As a verb phrase: "We are running to school." 2) As a gerundial phrase: "Running at dawn is great exercise." 3) As a participial phrase: "Running by the door, he threw a kiss."
Directions:Each sentence below has an underlined phrase. Click to select below each sentence whether the phrase is a verb phrase, a gerundial phrase, or a participial phrase)
1.Playing professional football is a unique profession.
(verb phrase) (gerundial phrase) (participial phrase)
2.Having new safety equipment makes the game much safer.
(verb phrase) (gerundial phrase) (participial phrase)
3.I especially enjoy a team's kicking for field goals.
(verb phrase) (gerundial phrase) (participial phrase)
4.Passing for a third down is common.
(verb phrase) (gerundial phrase) (participial phrase)
5.Barking out the signals, the quarterback receives the ball.
(verb phrase) (gerundial phrase) (participial phrase)
6.The center is blocking on every play.
(verb phrase) (gerundial phrase) (participial phrase)
7.Running counter plays confuses the defense.
(verb phrase) (gerundial phrase) (participial phrase)
8.Huddling on the field, the team called a pass play.
(verb phrase) (gerundial phrase) (participial phrase)
9.Have you ever imagined catching a touchdown pass?
(verb phrase) (gerundial phrase) (participial phrase)
10.The receivers are running directly for the goal.
(verb phrase) (gerundial phrase) (participial phrase)
11.Feinting a run, the quarterback threw the ball far.
(verb phrase) (gerundial phrase) (participial phrase)
12.Receiving the pass, the wingback crossed the goal.
(verb phrase) (gerundial phrase) (participial phrase)
13.We are buying season tickets next year.
(verb phrase) (gerundial phrase) (participial phrase)