Participle Clauses - Exercises

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Exercises

Type in the present participle.

  1. (search)  for her gloves, she dug through the entire wardrobe.add ing
  2. (whistle)  a song, she danced through the house with the mop.remove the single e at the end of the word before adding ing
  3. (sit)  in the shade, we ate cake and drank coffee.final consonant after a short stressed vowel is doubled
  4. The child sat at the desk (paint)  a picture.add ing
  5. (run)  to the bus stop, she lost her shoe.final consonant after a short stressed vowel is doubled

Type in the past participle.

  1. (blind)  by the sun, the driver didn’t see the stop sign.regular verb → simply add ed
  2. (prepare)  by the chef himself, the dinner will be a real treat.regular verb ending in e → just add d
  3. (sing)  by him, every song sounds just wonderful.irregular verb → use 3rd verb form (sing-sang-sung)
  4. (misuse)  as a refuse dump, the place became more and more shabby.regular verb ending in e → just add d
  5. Though (bear)  in England, she spent most of her childhood in the United States.irregular verb → use 3rd verb form (bear-bore-born)

Type in the present perfect participle.

  1. (park)  the car, we searched for the ticket machine.having + past participle (simply add ed)
  2. (drink)  one litre of water, she really needed to go to the toilet.having + past participle (irregular verb: drink-drank-drunk)
  3. (leave)  the party too early, we couldn’t see the fireworks anymore.having + past participle (irregular verb: leave-left-left)
  4. (finish)  her phone call, she went back to work.having + past participle (simply add ed)
  5. (lose)  ten kilogrammes, Anne finally fit into her favourite dress again.having + past participle (irregular verb: lose-lost-lost)

Turn the underlined part of the sentence into a participle clause.

  1. We are lying in the sun and we are enjoying life.
    , we are enjoying life.simultaneously occurring actions → present participle
  2. The boy had brushed his teeth. He was allowed to watch a few more minutes of television.
    , the boy was allowed to watch a few more minutes of television.action in participle clause took place before the other action → present perfect participle
  3. The children sat on their beds and watched the thunderstorm.
    the children watched the thunderstorm_.simultaneously occurring actions → present participle
  4. They were surprised by a sudden storm and had to seek shelter under a tree.
    , they had to seek shelter under a tree.passive clause becomes participle clause → past participle
  5. When they had found the secret island, they started searching for the treasure.
    , they started searching for the treasure.action in participle clause took place before the other action → present perfect participle

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