Prepositional, Gerund, and Absolute Phrases | Practice 1
Based on the lesson about phrases, identify the prepositional phrases, gerund phrases, and participle phrases in the sentences below.
A sentence may have more than one phrase or prepositional phrase.
Item 1: John’s desk is in the back.
Answer: Prepositional phrase: in the back
Item 2: That woman wearing the blue dress is our teacher.
Answer: Gerund phrase: wearing the blue dress
Item 3: Desperate for attention, the child started crying.
Answer: Absolute phrase: desperate for attention
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1. The selfish boy ate the whole box of chocolates by himself.
Prepositional phrase: of chocolates
Prepositional phrase: by himself
2. The woman wearing the blue dress is my English teacher.
Participle phrase: wearing the blue dress
3. Considering their busy schedule, it is surprising how often they socialize with friends.
Absolute phrase Considering their busy schedule
Prepositional phrase: with their friends
4. The room facing the lake has the best view of the sunset.
Participle phrase: facing the lake
Prepositional phrase: of the sunset
5. Having studied the language for only 5 years, Susan can speak and write Japanese very well.
Absolute phrase: having studied the language for only 5 years
Prepositional phrase: for only 5 years
6. Working in the hot sun can make you very thirsty.
Gerund phrase: working in the hot sun
Prepositional phrase in the hot sun
7. Put the box under the table next to the door.
Prepositional phrase: under the table
Prepositional phrase: next to the door
8. The tornado hit the downtown area, causing millions of dollars in damage.
Absolute phrase: causing millions of dollars in damage
Prepositional phrase: of dollars
Prepositional phrase: in damage
9. It takes the Earth 365 days to go around the Sun once.
Prepositional phrase: around the Sun
10. The skier fell off a short cliff, breaking his leg in the process.
Absolute phrase: breaking his leg in the process
Prepositional phrase: in the process
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