Unit 7 - Bonduel School District
Unit 7 - Bonduel School District
Participles, Gerunds, Infinitives,
& Noun Clauses
• a form of a verb that acts as an adjective
– A present participle ends in –ing.
• A growing baby sleeps much of the day.
• Bonduel is a farming community.
– A past participle ends in –ed.
• The conquered territory was under Spanish
• Troubled, she asked for advice.
Identify the participle in each sentence
and state if past or present.
Where did you hide my running shoes?
running – present
She dropped the burnt toast into the trash when
my stressed mom was not looking.
burnt – past, stressed – past
The students surprised their hard-working principal
with a loud hurrah.
hard-working – present
Many advertising companies target women in their
advertising – present
Abandoned cats and dogs have become a toocommon sight in our cities.
Abandoned – past
The movie star waved at her cheering fans.
cheering – present
Verb or Participle?
• Sometimes verb phrases (main verbs with
helping verbs) are confused with
participles. In the chart, however, note
that a verb phrase always begins with a
helping verb. A participle used as an
adjective stands by itself and modifies a
noun or pronoun.
The car was racing
around the curve.
A child was crying.
The racing car crashed
into the wall.
I heard a crying child.
Identify each of the underlined words as
either a verb or participle. If the word is a
participle, circle the word it modifies.
By 1856, the government was taking steps to
create a public-school system.
Progressing, the legislature passed the first publicschool law in 1860.
participle – legislature
This encouraged other districts that were building
schools in other parts of the territory.
The University of New Mexico was built for the
increasing population of Albuquerque in 1889.
participle – population
Established schools became more numerous in
some areas by the early 1900’s.
participle - schools
Also, rising in popularity were cattle ranches.
These, however, declined when sheep were
Homesteaders needed fenced land to farm.
participle - land
• a present or past participle that is modified
by an adverb or adverb phrase or that has
• The entire phrase acts as an adjective in a
The diner, chewing rapidly, called for
the waiter walking near his table.
A participial phrase that is placed at the
beginning of a sentence is always set off
with a comma.
Running for the ball, a player slipped in
Other participial phrases may or may not
need commas. If the phrase is necessary
to identify the modified word, do not set it
off with commas. If the phrase simply
gives additional information about the
modified word, set it off with commas.
The player kicking the ball is Tyler.
Tyler, kicking the ball, scored the final
• A participial phrase can appear before or
after the word it describes. Place the
phrase as close as possible to the
modified word; otherwise, the meaning of
the sentence may be unclear.
Attracting huge crowds, soccer is a
Underline each participial phrase. Then draw two
lines under the word that the phrase describes.
Add commas if needed to set off the phrase.
Working in the lab, the scientist created a robot.
Working in the lab – scientist
Early films were still pictures projected on a
projected on a wall – pictures
Quickly frozen food is necessary to preserve
Quickly frozen – food
Coming into the room, the boy threw his books
on the desk.
Coming into the room – boy
Joe, searching for the code, was really excited.
searching for the code – Joe
Pork and beans canned in tomato sauce is my
canned in tomato sauce – pork and beans
Relaxing on his back patio, Jeff fell asleep.
Relaxing on his back patio – Jeff
Food sealed in cans was given to the campers.
sealed in cans – food
• an -ing form of verb that acts as a noun in a
• Like other nouns, a gerund can serve as the
simple subject of a sentence. It can also be a
direct object, indirect object, predicate noun, or
the object of a preposition.
– Subject: Remodeling was a good idea.
– Predicate Noun: His sport is fishing.
– Direct Object: She enjoys painting.
– Indirect Object: He gave hunting a try.
– Object of a Preposition: She never gets tired
Identify the underlined word. Write verb
(V), participle (P), or gerund (G) to show
how it is used in the sentence.
The playing field is one hundred yards long. _____
The coach or the captain chooses playing
The quarterback does not like guessing the next
The team members are hoping for a victory.
Scoring in football can occur in four different
A team earns six points by crossing the
opponent’s goal line. ______
Underline each gerund then write subject
(S), direct object (DO), or object of a
Tourists in New Mexico may enjoy
horseback riding at a dude ranch. ______
riding – direct object
Hiking and camping are year-round activities
in New Mexico. ______
Hiking, camping – subject
Visitors may also find excitement in visiting the
ancient ruins of the Native Americans who have
lived here for thousands of years. ______
visiting – object of preposition
Native American dancing and festivals draw many
visitors to New Mexico. ______
dancing – subject
Above all, touring New Mexico is a pleasant
touring - subject
• a gerund with modifiers or a complement
• The entire phrase acts as a noun in a
– Subject: The loud, shrill howling continued all
– Object of the Preposition: Pueblo tribe members
astound spectators by dancing skillfully on the
Underline the gerund phrase/s in the sentences
below. Above each phrase label each one subject
(S), direct object (DO), predicate noun (PN), or
object of a preposition (OP).
Running across a busy street can be very
dangerous for a young child.
Running across a busy street – subject
Jeffrey loves seeing good movies.
seeing good movies – direct object
The difficult part of our vacation will be getting to
getting to Florida – predicate noun
Sandra was awarded a medal after winning the
winning the race – object of a preposition
Cramming for tests is not a good study strategy.
Cramming for tests – subject
John enjoyed swimming in the lake after dark.
swimming in the lake after dark – direct object
I'm really not interested in studying biochemistry
for the rest of my life.
studying biochemistry for the rest of my life –
object of the preposition
• a form of verb that comes after the word to
and acts as a noun, an adjective, or an
– Noun: To whistle is difficult for some people.
– Adjective: The person to contact is the dean.
– Adverb: This is easy to do.
An infinitive phrase is a group of words
that includes an infinitive and other words
that complete its meaning.
A player may try to influence the call.
To go to every game of the season is my
Infinitive Phrase or
How can you tell whether the word to is a
preposition or part of an infinitive? If the word to
comes immediately before a verb, it is part of the
Those young players want to win. (infinitive)
The coach is pointing to the pitcher.
Look at the underlined groups of words.
Identify if each group of words is an infinitive
phrase (IP) or a prepositional phrase (PP).
• an infinitive with modifiers or a complement
• The entire phrase acts together as a single
part of speech.
– To go to New York is my hope. (noun phrase
used as a subject)
– To help others, first responders must know CPR.
– It will be important to listen carefully. (adverb
(See text pgs. 443-445 for more practice.)
• a subordinate clause used as a noun
– It has a subject and a verb but cannot stand
alone as a complete thought.
– Unlike an adverb or adjective clause, a noun
clause cannot be separated from the main
clause. Rather, the entire clause becomes a
noun in the sentence.
Words that introduce
Noun Clause Usage
• Subject: Whoever plays ice hockey must skate
• Predicate Noun: This rink is where the teams will
• Direct Object: Players know that the game can be
• Indirect Object: They give whoever gets in their
way a body check.
• Object of the Preposition: Victory goes to whoever
makes more goals.
Find the Noun Clauses
• That ice hockey began in Canada is not
• Where the sport began is not easily
• Three different cities claim that they
hosted the first hockey game.
• Most people believe that the game was
played in Jamaica as early as 1830.
More Noun Clauses
• The fact is that the first recorded game
occurred in Montreal around 1875.
• You could argue that Canadians are still
among the best hockey players.
• There have been some changes in how
ice hockey is played.
More Noun Clauses
• Whoever plays hockey today must wear
• Do you know which sport is most
• Some people question whether hockey
has to be so dangerous.