Participles and Gerunds Exercise

1. Hearing a loud noise, we ran to the window.

2. The motorcyclist was fatally injured in the accident and is now fighting for his life.

3. He ruined his sight by watching TV all day.

4. We saw a clown standing on his head.

5. Asking questions is a whole lot easier than answering them.

6. Waving their hands, the audience cheered the winner.

7. Plucking flowers is forbidden.

8. Jumping over the fence, the thief escaped.

9. I was surprised at John’s being absent.

10. We spent the whole day playing cards.

11. A miser hates spending his money.

12. John was angry at Alice trying to lie to her.

13. Praising all alike is praising none.

14. Are you afraid of speaking the truth?

15. Singing to herself is her chief delight.

 Answers

1. Hearing – participle, qualifying the pronoun we

2. Fighting – participle, qualifying the noun motorcyclist.

3. Watching – gerund, object of the preposition by

4. Standing – participle, qualifying the noun clown

5. Asking – gerund, subject of is; answering – gerund

6. Waving – participle, qualifying the noun audience

7. Plucking – gerund; subject of the verb is

8. Jumping – participle, qualifying the noun thief

9. Being – gerund, object of the participle at

10. Playing – gerund, complement of the noun whole day

11. Spending – gerund, object of the verb hates

12. Trying – gerund, object of the preposition at

13. Praising – gerund, subject of the verb is; praising – gerund, complement of the verb is

14. Speaking – gerund, object of the preposition of

15. Singing – gerund, subject of the verb is

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