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Distinguishing between Adverbials, Adjectivals, and Nominals - Exercise 6
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.  There was no one whom I could beat at this game.

2.  Jim told me that I should be more attentive.

3.   Max, following my advice, painted the wall a bright green.

4.  We must try to convince George of the merits of our plan.

5.  Do you know who is responsible for that statement?

6.  Although Smith had more experience than Jones, Smith did not get the job.

7.  The items to be sold at auction will be shown tomorrow.

8.  Driving over the speed limit causes accidents.

9.  We relied a good deal on what you said about the incident.

10.  My first mistake was telling Joe about the accident.

11.  That your argument is unsound will be evident beforelong.

12.  Sharon walked to the small store.

13.  Someone had entered the room by picking the lock.

14.  This is the design that we have chosen.

15.  The paper stuffed in the mailbox gives good directions to Jim's house.

16.  Don't wash the car until the weather is warmer.

17.  After telling Joanne the good news, I called my mother.

18.  The dog tied to the tree looks very unhappy.

19.  Seeing the distress signal, the captain telephoned for help.

20.  To read that book completely, you will need at least a week.



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