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Identifying Phrases (Grade 9)

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Identifying Phrases

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"Once upon a time, a little girl named Laura traveled in a covered wagon across the giant prairie." - Little House on the Prairie

In the quote above, which words represent a noun phrase?
  1. Once upon a time
  2. a little girl named Laura
  3. traveled in a covered wagon
  4. across the giant prairie
2. 
"Once upon a time, a little girl named Laura traveled in a covered wagon across the giant prairie." - Little House on the Prairie

In the quote above, which series of words represent a verb phrase?
  1. Once upon a time
  2. a little girl named Laura
  3. traveled in a covered wagon
  4. across a giant prairie
3. 
"Once upon a time, a little girl named Laura traveled in a covered wagon across the giant prairie."

In the quote above, the phrases "once upon a time" and "across the giant prairie" represent which type of phrase?
  1. Noun phrase
  2. Verb phrase
  3. Prepositional phrase
  4. Gerund phrase
4. 
"The animals of Farthing Wood were facing their first winter in their new home in the Nature Reserve of White Deer Park." - The Animals of Farthing Wood

In the quote above, what is the noun phrase?



5. 
In the quote below, what is the verb phrase?

"The animals of Farthing Wood were facing their first winter in their new home in the Nature Reserve of White Deer Park." - The Animals of Farthing Wood



6. 
In the quote below, what is the prepositional phrase?

"The animals of Farthing Wood were facing their first winter in their new home in the Nature Reserve of White Deer Park." - The Animals of Farthing Wood



7. 
"If, standing alone on the back doorstep, Tom allowed himself to weep tears, they were tears of anger." - Tom's Midnight Garden

In the quote above, what do the words "standing alone on the back doorstep" represent?
  1. noun phrase
  2. verb phrase
  3. infinitive phrase
  4. participle phrase
8. 
“Carrie had often dreamed about coming back. In her dreams she was twelve years old again; short, scratched legs in red socks and scuffed, brown sandals, walking along the narrow, dirt path at the side of the railway line to where it plunged down, off the high ridge, through the Druid’s Grove." - Carrie's War

In the quote above, the phrase "walking along the narrow, dirt path..." serves as a(n):
  1. Verb phrase
  2. Participle phrase
  3. Gerund phrase
  4. Infinitive phrase
9. 
"Roger, aged seven, and no longer the youngest of the family, ran in wide zigzags, to and fro, across the steep field that sloped up from the lake to Holly Howe, the farm where they were staying for part of the summer holidays." - Swallows and Amazons

In the quote above, what type of phrase do the words "no longer the youngest of the family" represent?



10. 
"And Max the king of all wild things was lonely and wanted to be where
someone loved him best of all." - Where the Wild Things Are

In the quote above, the words "to be where someone loved him best of all" function as a(n):
  1. Prepositional phrase
  2. Noun phrase
  3. Infinitive phrase
  4. Gerund phrase

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