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Modifiers - Does It Dangle or Squint or Split?: Grammar Review Practice Exercises

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Updated on Apr 25, 2014

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Practice Exercises

Practice Exercise: Prepositional Phrases

Can you identify the prepositional phrases in the following sentences? Check your answers at the end of the exercises.

  1. The mysterious container in the corner of the attic had not been opened for many years.
  2. After school, many of the students stayed to practice for the play.
  3. Do you plan to travel over spring break?
  4. The wooden chair beside the desk had splinters.
  5. I watched the ants scurry back and forth over the deck rails and across the patio for food.

Practice Exercise: Appositives, Participial Phrases, Infinitive Phrases, and Gerunds

Correctly identify the types of phrases in the following sentences. Then, check your answers at the end of the practice exercise.

6.  Marty, Angelina's cousin, is attending Brown University next fall.         

a. prepositional phrase         

b. appositive phrase         

c. gerund phrase

 

7. The abandoned building at the end of the road will be razed for the construction of a new community center.         

a. adverb phrase         

b. adjective phrase         

c. appositive phrase

 

8. "To close, I would like to thank Michelle for her assistance in making the program a success."         

a. participial phrase         

b. prepositional phrase         

c. infinitive phrase   

 

9. Excusing the boys from their irresponsible behavior is not an option.         

a. gerund phrase         

b. adverb phrase         

c. adjective phrase  

 

10. Shaken by the fall, the youngster ran to his mother and cried.         

a. participial phrase         

b. adverb phrase         

c. gerund phrase  

Practice Exercise: Subordinate Clauses

Correctly identify the type of subordinate clause in each sentence: adjective, adverb, or noun. Then, check your answers at the end of the exercises.

11.  People who read often are well informed.         

a. adverb clause         

b. noun clause         

c. adjective clause

 

12. The Canada geese, which flew overhead, were headed south.         

a. noun clause         

b. adjective clause         

c. adverb clause

 

13. When the last guest had arrived, the ship set sail for the small island.         

a. adverb clause         

b. adjective clause         

c. noun clause

 

14. The swimmer swam laps until he was tired.         

a. adverb clause         

b. noun clause         

c. adjective clause

 

15. The balloon that was drifting higher in the air became a tiny speck in the sky.         

a. adjective clause         

b. noun clause         

c. adverb clause

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