Grammar Wednesday: COMMA–participle phrase

Participle phrases can be a bit tricky. Basically, if you have a sentence with an “ing” word in it, you need to pay attention to what’s going on! A participle is a verb that acts and pretends to be an adjective. It modifies the noun. So, now that I’ve probably confused you with the lingo, I’ll get some examples.

EXAMPLE 1. She glanced up, looking for the man.
2. He stared, knowing she was there.
3. Their eyes met, staying locked together as time slowed.

Making more sense?

There is another thing, sometimes participle phrases can be flipped around and most often are confused with introductory phrases (which I’ll cover next week).

EXAMPLE
1. Looking for the man, she glanced up.
2. Knowing she was there, he stared.

Making some sense? Okay, here’s the examples with resolutions.

Practice Examples:

1. I plan on going to Guatemala traveling with friends and classmates for school credit.
RESOLUTION:
I plan on going to Guatemala, traveling with friends and classmates for school credit.

2. Leaning out the window the teenager mooned the passing car.
RESOLUTION:
Leaning out the window, the teenage mooned the passing car.

3. She read through her class papers highlighting all the important sections.
RESOLUTION:
She read through her class papers, highlighting all the important sections.

Hope this finds you well!

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