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Distinguishing between Adverbials, Adjectivals, and Nominals - Exercise 5
Directions:  Each sentence contains an underlined item. In the box below each sentence, identify the item as an adjectival, adverbial or nominal. Then identify it as clause or phrase. If it is a phrase, identify it as a prepositional or verbal phrase. If it is a verbal phrase, identify it as a present participle, past participle, gerund or infinitive. When you are finished, click the "Check My Work" button at the bottom of the page to check your answers.

Example:   The crowd clapped for the actor portraying King Lear.
Answer:  adjectival,  verbal phrase,  present participle

1.  Many people no longer enjoy traveling by airplane.

2.  The paper that you wrote was outstanding.

3.   Reading a book is a good way to relax on a rainy day.

4.  Upon answering the door, I was greeted by a stranger.

5.  I was careful around the boiling water.

6.  A big surprise is what you'll find in the kitchen.

7.  Joe finally finished Moby Dick, which was a very long novel.

8.  The bride and groom joined hands at the altar.

9.  We have a great deal of interest in what you are planning.

10.  After much discussion, we all decided to travel in separate cars.

11.  Buying a new car involves negotiating a fair price.

12.  You have found the map to the treasure.

13.  Whatever you said upset everyone in the room.

14.  Do not stop at the crossing unless the gates are down.

15.  The clothes lying all over the floor belong to me.

16.  Jack didn't know what he should wear to the party.

17.  Harry let the dog out by leashing her to the pole in the backyard.

18.  The package delivered today comes all the way from Ireland.

19.  The fact that you are here is an indication of your good intentions.

20.  To stay healthy, one should exercise at least three times a week.



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