Phrase Review

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Phrase Quizzes & Trivia

English phrases can be both simple and difficult depending on how much you have exercised. The Phrase review below will help you do exactly that. Take it up and test your knowledge on different phrases. All the best.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Fill in the blank with the appositive phrase in each sentence.
  • 2. 
    Jill made the salad, a tossed one with Italian dressing.
  • 3. 
    Biology, Bob's favorite subject, is easy for him.
  • 4. 
    The boys repaired our television set, an eighteen-year old portable.
  • 5. 
    The garage, a two-car one, is attached to the house.
  • 6. 
    Our bird, a parakeet, is ten years old.
  • 7. 
    Sarah is visiting in Cypress, her old home town.
  • 8. 
    Have you ever read The Red Pony, a novel by John Steinbeck?
  • 9. 
    A large black cloud, a sign of a thunderstorm, appeared in the sky.
  • 10. 
    Pete, my brother’s friend, makes the best popcorn over a campfire.
  • 11. 
    Omar, my cousin, likes baseball and hockey.
  • 12. 
    Work on participial phrases here.
  • 13. 
    Identify the participial phrase in the following sentence. Running through the water, the children of the city romped under the spray of the hydrant.
    • A. 

      Running through the water

    • B. 

      Through the water

    • C. 

      Romped under the spray of the hydrant

    • D. 

      Children of the city

  • 14. 
    Is the word running in the following sentence a participle? The worker washed his hands in the running water of the stream.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    Is the word spinning in the following sentence a participle? Is the spider spinning a web in the barn?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    Is the word digging in the following sentence a participle? A shovel definitely fits the category of a digging tool.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    Being a good kicker, Carla tried out for the football team.
    • A. 

      Being a good kicker

    • B. 

      Tried out

    • C. 

      For the football team

  • 18. 
    Glancing at the competitors, she discovered that three of them had on checkered shirts. 
    • A. 

      Glancing at the competitors,

    • B. 

      Discovered

    • C. 

      Checkered

  • 19. 
    Molly's determined pacing showed that she was nervous despite her smiling face. 
    • A. 

      Determined

    • B. 

      Showed

    • C. 

      Smiling

  • 20. 
    Carla began to relax by taking calming breaths.
    • A. 

      Breathing deeply

    • B. 

      Began

    • C. 

      Calming

  • 21. 
    Carla suggested they help each other practice for the cycling contest. 
    • A. 

      Smiling at Molly

    • B. 

      Suggested

    • C. 

      Cycling

  • 22. 
    Both girls forgot to be nervous in from of the respected coach. 
    • A. 

      Running after the football

    • B. 

      Forgot

    • C. 

      Respected

  • 23. 
    They had a contest with the other two girls waiting in the stands. 
    • A. 

      Had a contest

    • B. 

      With the other two girls

    • C. 

      Waiting in the stands

  • 24. 
    Badly injured, the respected coach insisted that the determined girls try out anyway.
    • A. 

      Badly injured

    • B. 

      Respected

    • C. 

      Determined

  • 25. 
    What's a gerund?
  • 26. 
    What is a gerund?
    • A. 

      The part of speech (or word class) that is used to name or identify a person, place, thing, quality, or action.

    • B. 

      A verbal noun that ends in "ing" (running, walking or choosing).

    • C. 

      The part of speech (or word class) that describes an action or occurrence or indicates a state of being.

  • 27. 
    Distinguish among verbs, participles and gerunds. Indicate whether the bold word in each sentence is a verb, a participle, or a gerund.
  • 28. 
    A rolling stone gathers no moss.
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 29. 
    Who is pitching today?
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 30. 
    He has a strong pitching arm.
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 31. 
    Pitching is our weakness.
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 32. 
    Her great love is acting.
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 33. 
    Who is acting in the play?
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 34. 
    Portia was her first acting role.
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 35. 
    The moving van was late.
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 36. 
    Moving is always troublesome.  
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 37. 
    The Halls are moving away.
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 38. 
    I am afraid of flying.
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 39. 
    The team is hoping for a win.
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 40. 
    Ed never stopped hoping.
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 41. 
    The gravy needs stirring.
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 42. 
    Cal gave a stirring speech.
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 43. 
    I was stirring the stew.
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 44. 
    I have been shopping for new shoes.
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 45. 
    Bruno hates shopping.
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 46. 
    The shopping trip lasted all day.
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 47. 
    Jo practices singing daily.
    • A. 

      Verb

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Gerund

  • 48. 
    In the following sentence, identify the underlined word or words as a gerund, participle, infinitive, or verb: Feeling sick from eating 2 cheeseburgers, the little girl took some Pepto-Bismol.
    • A. 

      Gerund

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Infinitive

    • D. 

      Verb

  • 49. 
    In the following sentence, identify the underlined word or words as a gerund, participle, infinitive, or verb: Jennifer said the best place to go on Friday is Playtime Pizza.
    • A. 

      Infinitive

    • B. 

      Gerund

    • C. 

      Participle

    • D. 

      Verb

  • 50. 
    In the following sentence, identify the underlined word or words as a gerund, participle, infinitive, or verb: The plan accepted by the committee involves a tax cut.
    • A. 

      Gerund

    • B. 

      Participle

    • C. 

      Verb

    • D. 

      Infinitive

  • 51. 
    In the following sentence, identify the underlined word or words as a gerund, participle, infinitive, or verb: Getting up early in the morning is sometimes a challenge.
    • A. 

      Participle

    • B. 

      Verb

    • C. 

      Gerund

    • D. 

      Infinitive

  • 52. 
    In the following sentence, identify the verbal: Hector wants to be an acrobat when he grows up.
    • A. 

      Wants

    • B. 

      To be

    • C. 

      Grows

    • D. 

      Up

  • 53. 
    In the following sentence, identify the verbal: One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures.
    • A. 

      One

    • B. 

      Of

    • C. 

      Taking

    • D. 

      Pictures

  • 54. 
    Identify the verbal in the following sentence: You can save some time by removing the shells first.
    • A. 

      First

    • B. 

      Can save

    • C. 

      Time

    • D. 

      Removing

  • 55. 
    Identify the participial phrase in the following sentence: Feeling sick from the Tilt-a-Whirl, Samantha staggered to the park bench.
    • A. 

      Samantha staggered

    • B. 

      To the park bench

    • C. 

      Feeling sick from the Tilt-a-Whirl

    • D. 

      To the

  • 56. 
    Identify the gerund phrase in the following sentence:Ruth listened to the pleasant strumming of the Spanish guitar.
    • A. 

      Ruth listened

    • B. 

      Of the Spanish guitar

    • C. 

      Strumming of the Spanish guitar

    • D. 

      To the

  • 57. 
    Identify the infinitive phrase in the following sentence: Jacob was the first student to volunteer for the cleanup crew.
    • A. 

      To volunteer for the cleanup crew

    • B. 

      Jacob was

    • C. 

      The first student

    • D. 

      To volunteer