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Need a couple of these checked-

What best describes the phrase in CAPS?

1.Shiny glass bowls and goblets drew the gaze of people PASSING THE WINDOW.
Ans- gerund phrase

2.TO CONVINCE YOUR AUDIENCE, you need facts and solid reasoning
Ans- infinitive phrase

3.Try DIALING THE NUMBER AGAIN VERY SLOWLY.
Ans- participial phrase

The third one confused me...lemme know which ones are wrong
Thanks!
-MC

  • Grammar -

    Your first and third answers are wrong.

    Please study participial and gerund phrases again.

    http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/627/01/

  • Grammar -

    So #3 = gerund phrase
    And #1 = participial phrase

    Is that it?
    Thanks
    -MC

  • Grammar -

    Yes. But I'm disturbed because you obviously didn't take the time to study these kinds of phrases.

  • Grammar -

    They're confusing :(
    -MC

  • Grammar -

    Do you know the difference between a participial phrase and a gerund phrase? What does your book say?

    What does the site I posted for you say?

  • Grammar -

    A gerund is a verbal that ends in -ing and functions as a noun.

    A participle is a verbal that is used as an adjective and most often ends in -ing or -ed

    -MC

  • Grammar -

    Right. So -- tell the difference you look to see how the phrase is functioning. If it describes a noun or pronoun, it's used as an adjective and is a participle.

    If it is the subject or object, then it's acting as a noun and is a gerund.

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    Mkay,I'll remember that. thanks
    -MC

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