|Participle Phrase Recognition Practice
Definition: A participle phrase consists of a participle and its accompanying words. The whole phrase will modify a noun or pronoun. The accompanying words can be: prepositional phrase(s), adverbs, and a direct object. If you need help with what a participle is, go to the sheet entitled: Participle Recognition Practice.
Sitting in his office, the President called the Vice-president.
Fearing failure, the student was very anxious about the test.
Jen, waving good-bye, drove away.
Bill, steadily gaining confidence, was able to parallel park the car.
Steadily gaining confidence is the participial phrase modifying Bill. Steadily is an adverb, modifying the participle, gaining. Confidence is the direct object of the participle.
Exercise Directions: Find the participial phrases in the
following sentences. Write down the participial phrase and then
give the noun or pronoun it modifies.
1. Working in the lab, the scientist created a robot.