This example shows a phrase (a group of related words containing a participle and the words that go with it).  In this case, the participial phrase contains a direct object of the participle.  This can be because it is a verb form and thus can have a direct object, an adverb, etc...just as a verb does.  Because it is an adjective modifying can also have an adverb, prepositional phrase, etc. with it.  The participial phrase "practicing football" answers the question: which team?...just as an adjective answers the question: which?  Note how the participle and the direct object of that participle are diagrammed. We watched the team practicing football.

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