Grammar Practice Worksheets
Adjective Recognition Practice
Exercise Directions: Underline the adjectives in the following sentences. The number in
parenthesis behind the sentence is the number of adjectives in the sentence. Some sentences do
not have a number in parenthesis, so you’ll have to find all the adjectives on your own.
Remember that “a, an, the” are adjectives, known as articles. Include them in your list of
The tall girl in the red suit became a model for the fashion show. (6)
Did your best friend tell you about the latest news? (4)
There were five gifts under the Christmas tree. (3)
Jean brought many presents for her teachers at the middle school. (4)
The newest CD was at the top of the music charts for ten weeks. (6)
Pat is taller than his sister. (2)
Today is the first day of the fair at our local church.
Buy some tickets for the amusement park rides, Joan.
The flowers sent to her mother were beautiful.
The path to success is not always easy.
Adverb Recognition Practice
Definition: An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, an adjective or another adverb. An adverb
answers the questions:When?Where?How?To what extent or degree?
Practice Exercise: In the exercise to follow, write down the adverb(s) in each sentence and what
question the adverb answers. There may be more than one adverb in a sentence, so be careful.
1. The heavy rain ceased very suddenly.
2. Courageously, Billy faced the many questions of the judge.
3. The snow fell softly and silently.
4. Joe was recently promoted to the top manager’s position.
5. Bonnie went outside and collected the mail from the street box.
6. When you came, I was away.
7. Robert carefully wrote his note to the teacher.
8. Yesterday, Paul went downtown on the bus.
9. The decorations on either side of the door were very beautiful.
10. The boys jumped much higher than their competitors in the tryouts.
Gerund Phrase Recognition Practice
Exercise Directions: Write down the gerund phrase and then tell how the entire phrase is used in
the sentence: either subject, direct object, predicate noun or object of the preposition. (If it is
object of the preposition, the preposition will be before the gerund.)
Example: The troop found different ways of raising money.
Gerund phrase as object of preposition, of what? - raising money
1. There are few people who question the benefits of encouraging teens.
2. Walking the path in the woods is good exercise.
3. The teacher ended Jim’s disrupting behavior.
4. We should teach our children the necessity of helping others in need.
5. You should try singing tenor.
6. Kristin’s dream was singing in the local musical.
7. Bart received an award for having perfect attendance.
8. The chorus began singing the song.
9. Some people enjoy mowing the lawn.
10. Reading the classics is my goal this summer.
Infinitive Phrase Recognition Practice
Exercise Directions: Write down the infinitive phrase in each sentence and tell how it is used (as
either a noun, adjective, or adverb).
1. You have two choices, to stay or to go.
2. Bill tried to warn them of the problem.
3. Jim had no choice except to resign from the position.
4. The child was afraid to tell the truth.
5. The teachers came to offer their service.
6. Joan had a scheme to make money.
7. I sat down to rest.
8. Ginger and her sister’s plan was to see a lawyer.
9. The scouts stopped to buy some supplies.
10. The boss asked me to send the message to her brother.
Participle Phrase Recognition Practice
Exercise Directions: Find the participial phrases in the following sentences. Write down the
participial phrase and then give the noun or pronoun it modifies.
1. Working in the lab, the scientist created a robot.
2. Early films were still pictures projected on a wall.
3. Moving pictures came later.
4. Food sealed in cans was given to the campers.
5. Quickly frozen food is necessary to preserve the freshness.
6. Coming into the room, the boy threw his books on the desk.
7. Joe, searching for the code, was really excited.
8. The store sold packaged bakery.
9. Pork and beans canned in tomato sauce is my favorite.
10. Relaxing on his back patio, Jeff fell asleep.
Adjective Recognition Practice- Answers
1. the, tall, the, red, a, the, fashion 2. your, best, the, latest 3. five, the, Christmas4. many, her, the, middle 5. The,
newest, the, the, music, ten 6. taller, his 7. the, first, the, out, local 8. some, the, amusement, park 9. The, her,
beautiful 10. The, easy
Adverb Recognition Practice- Answers1. very - to what degree? suddenly - when? 2. courageously - how? 3. softly
– how silently - how? 4. recently - when? 5. outside - where? 6. When - when? away - where? 7. carefully - how? 8.
yesterday - when? downtown - where? 9. very - to what degree? 10. much - to what degree? higher - where?
Gerund Phrase Recognition Practice - Answers1. encouraging teens - object of preposition, of 2. Walking the path
in the woods – subject 3. Jim’s disrupting behavior - direct object 4. helping others in need - object of preposition, of5.
singing tenor - direct object6. singing in the local musical - predicate noun (renames her dream)7. having perfect
attendance - object of preposition, for8. singing the song - direct object9. mowing the lawn - direct object
10. Reading the classics – subject
Infinitive Phrase Recognition Practice - Answers
1. to stay....adjective....modifies choices, to go....adjective....modifies choices 2. to warn them of the
problem....noun....direct object 3. to resign from the position....noun....object of preposition, except 4. to tell the
truth....adverb....modifies the predicate adjective, afraid 5. to offer their service....noun....direct object 6. to make
money....adjective....modifies noun, scheme 7. to rest....adverb....modifies verb, sat (answers the question “why did I
sit?”) 8. to see a lawyer....noun....predicate noun. 9. to buy some supplies....adverb....modifies the verb, stopped
(answers the question “why did the scouts stop?”) 10. to send the message to her brother....noun....direct object
Participle Phrase Recognition Practice - Answers
1. Working in the lab....scientist 2. projected on a wall....pictures 3. moving (only a participle here)....pictures 4.
sealed in cans....food 5. Quickly frozen....food 6. Coming into the room....boy 7. searching for the code....Joe 8.
packaged (only participle here)....bakery 9. canned in tomato sauce....pork and beans 10. Relaxing on his back