Grammar Lesson: Verbal Phrase Review

By — John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Updated on Dec 14, 2010

Activity 1- Verbal Phrase Review

Underline the verbal phrase in each sentence. Then, in the space before the sentence, indicate if the phrase is a participial (P), gerund (G), or infinitive (I) phrase.

  1. ____ The teacher helping the English 11 students is Mr. Pryal.
  2. ____ The emcee wanted to introduce the contestants.
  3. ____ To learn the Greek alphabet was the young scholar's goal.
  4. ____ Participating in the Indy 500 this year was fun for the veteran driver.
  5. ____ These primary-grade students enjoy drawing on the board.
  6. ____ Skateboarding most of the morning, Jason did not tire easily.
  7. ____ This speaker is the one to watch.
  8. ____ Knowing how to get back to its nest, the oriole started onhis journey.
  9. ____ Watching the bathers swim occupied the man's time this morning.
  10. ____ A man recognizing his mistakes should correct them.
  11. ____ Running after his kite was a chore for the little boy.
  12. ____ Talking on the cell phone was a distraction for the motorist.
  13. ____ She ran across the crowded city street to catch the taxi.
  14. ____ The crossword puzzle contest held in New York City was well attended again last year.
  15. ____ One day Marcellino hopes to win his town's art contest.

Activity 2- Matching The Phrases In Context

Match the underlined, numbered phrase in each selection with its name and code found in the box. The same code letters will be used in both selections. Each letter is used only once in each selection. All letters are used in both selections.


Driving the golf ball more than two hundred yards (1), Phil wanted to do the same on the next hole (2) in this tournament (3). He had played (4) well last week here at Green Valley Golf Course, but he wanted today to be special (5). Putting the ball accurately on these greens (6), a difficult task (7), would take great skill.

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  7. ____


Have you ever wanted to visit Ireland (1), the home of many talented writers (2)? Going to a foreign country (3) can be a wonderful opportunity. Many people traveling in tour groups (4) like that the trip has already been planned (5) for them. Others choose to tour by themselves (6). No matter how you go, visiting Ireland is the experience of a lifetime (7).

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Activity 3- Showing What You Know About Phrases

Here is a quick activity that allows you to display your skills with phrases. Do your best!

Match the items in Column A with those in Column B. Use each number and letter only once.

Column A Column B
1. ___ verb phrase A. a noun or pronoun that is placed beside another noun or pronoun to identify or describe it
2. ___ adjective phrase B. a verb form that ends in -ing and functions as a noun
3. ___ adverb phrase C. a prepositional phrase that modifies a noun or a pronoun
4. ___ appositive D. includes at least one main verb and one or more helping verbs
5. ___ participial E. a verb form that functions as an adjective
6. ___ infinitive F. a verb form that can be used as a noun, an adjective, or an adverb
7. ___ gerund G. a prepositional phrase that modifies a verb, an adjective, or an adverb
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