Participles And Participial Phrases Quiz Questions And Answers

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Welcome to another quick and challenging English grammar quiz. This participles and participial phrases quiz features ten basic questions about participles and participle phrases. Do your best to identify any participles or participial phrases in the sentence. Remember, some sentences may include more than one! Remember to have fun and share this quiz with all your friends so they can test themselves, too. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

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

    • A.

      Being a good kicker

    • B.

      Tried out

    • C.

      For the football team.

    Correct Answer
    A. Being a good kicker
    Explanation
    The given answer "Being a good kicker." is correct because it is a participial phrase that describes Carla's skill or ability. It indicates that Carla has the skill of being a good kicker. The phrase "tried out" is a verb phrase that shows Carla's action of participating in the tryouts for the football team. And the phrase "for the football team" specifies the purpose or goal of Carla's action, which is to join the football team.

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  • 2. 

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

    • A.

      Glancing at the competitors.

    • B.

      Discovered

    • C.

      Checkered

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Glancing at the competitors.
    C. Checkered
    Explanation
    The sentence describes the action of the subject "she" glancing at the competitors. During this action, she discovered that three of them were wearing checkered shirts. The word "Glancing" is the present participle form of the verb "glance," which means to quickly look at something. "Checkered" refers to a pattern of squares, usually of different colors, that form a checkered design.

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  • 3. 

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

    • A.

      Determined

    • B.

      Showed

    • C.

      Smiling

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Determined
    C. Smiling
    Explanation
    Molly's determined pacing indicates that she was resolute and focused, suggesting that she had a strong sense of purpose or determination. This behavior contradicts her smiling face, which typically conveys happiness or contentment. Therefore, her smiling face is not a true reflection of her emotions, and she is actually nervous. Each of these verbs is used as a description.

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  • 4. 

    Breathing deeply, Carla began to relax by taking calming breaths.

    • A.

      Breathing deeply

    • B.

      Began

    • C.

      Calming

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Breathing deeply
    C. Calming
    Explanation
    The given sentence describes Carla's actions of breathing deeply and beginning to relax by taking calming breaths. Both "breathing deeply" and "calming" are participial phrases that modify Carla's actions. "Breathing deeply" indicates how Carla is breathing, suggesting that she is taking deep breaths. "Calming" describes the type of breaths Carla is taking, implying that they are intended to bring a sense of calmness or relaxation. Therefore, the correct answer includes both "breathing deeply" and "calming" as they accurately describe Carla's actions and state of mind.

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  • 5. 

    Smiling at Molly, Carla suggested they help each other practice for the cycling contest. 

    • A.

      Smiling at Molly

    • B.

      Suggested

    • C.

      Cycling

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Smiling at Molly
    C. Cycling
    Explanation
    Carla suggested they help each other practice for the cycling contest while smiling at Molly. This is used as an adjective, and suggests that Carla is friendly and approachable, creating a positive and encouraging atmosphere for practicing together. Additionally, Carla's smile may indicate her enthusiasm and excitement for the upcoming contest, motivating Molly to participate and improve their cycling skills together.

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  • 6. 

    Running after the football, both girls forgot to be nervous in front of the respected coach. 

    • A.

      Running after football

    • B.

      Forgot

    • C.

      Respected

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Running after football
    C. Respected
    Explanation
    The correct answers are "running after football” and “respected." The sentence suggests that both girls were so focused on chasing the football that they forgot to feel nervous in the presence of the respected coach. The phrase "running after football" indicates their physical activity, while the word "respected" emphasizes the coach's high status and the potential intimidation it may cause.

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  • 7. 

    They had a contest while the other two girls were waiting in the stands.

    • A.

      Had a contest.

    • B.

      With the other two girls.

    • C.

      Waiting in the stands.

    Correct Answer
    C. Waiting in the stands.
    Explanation
    The phrase "waiting in the stands" is the correct answer because it describes what the other two girls were doing during the contest. The sentence implies that “they” were participating in a contest while the two girls were waiting in the stands. 

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  • 8. 

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

    • A.

      Badly injured

    • B.

      Respected

    • C.

      Determined

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Badly injured
    B. Respected
    C. Determined
    Explanation
    The given sentence describes a situation where the coach is badly injured but still insists that the determined girls try out. The phrase "badly injured" emphasizes the coach's physical condition, indicating that they are in a vulnerable state. The word "respected" suggests that the coach holds a high position or reputation, which adds credibility to their insistence. "Determined" highlights the girls' strong will and motivation to try out despite the coach's injury. Overall, these three characteristics contribute to the coach's insistence and the girls' willingness to comply.

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  • 9. 

    Holding the little boy's hand, the mother crossed the street.

    • A.

      Holding

    • B.

      Hand

    • C.

      Crossed

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Holding
    C. Crossed
    Explanation
    The sentence describes the action of the mother holding the little boy's hand while crossing the street. "Holding" indicates that the mother is gripping the boy's hand, and "crossed" implies that they successfully made it to the other side of the street.

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  • 10. 

    Which of the following sentences contains a verb in the past participle form?

    • A.

      She is walking to the store.

    • B.

      He has eaten lunch already.

    • C.

      They will sing at the concert.

    • D.

      I am writing a letter to my friend.

    Correct Answer
    B. He has eaten lunch already.
    Explanation
    The verb "eaten" in sentence b) is in the past participle form. The past participle is a verb form used to form the perfect tenses (present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect) and the passive voice. In this case, "eaten" is the past participle form of the verb "eat." The auxiliary verb "has" indicates the present perfect tense, and "eaten" follows it to show that the action of eating occurred before the present moment. 

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Juliette is a middle school English teacher at Sacred Heart of Greenwich, Connecticut. Juliette earned a BA in English/Language Arts Teacher Education from Elon University (2016-2020) and an MA in Teaching Writing from Johns Hopkins University (Apr 2023-Dec 2025). She holds a Classroom Teacher license from the Connecticut State Department of Education, obtained in July 2021. Juliette possesses strong skills in English language arts, writing, editing, and literature study. She has a deep passion for working with young people and contributing to the education of America's youth in the classroom.

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