|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 team...it 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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