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Combining Sentences using Participial Phrases. What is a Participial Phrase?. A Participle is a word formed from a verb that can be an adjective. They will end in –ing or –ed . A Participial Phrase contains a participle and any words that modify or compliment that participle.

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what is a participial phrase
What is a Participial Phrase?
  • A Participle is a word formed from a verb that can be an adjective. They will end in –ing or –ed.
  • A Participial Phrase contains a participle and any words that modify or compliment that participle.
  • For sentence combining we will be using –ing participles.
how to combine sentences using participial phrases
How to combine sentences using Participial Phrases
  • Reduce one sentence to a participial phrase.
  • Ex: “Juanita Platero describes the conflict between old and new ideas. She does this as she writes about Navajo culture.” becomes . . .
  • “Writing about Navajo culture, Juanita Platero describes the conflict between old and new ideas.”
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How to combine sentences using Participial Phrases
  • When you insert a participial phrase into a sentence, place it close to the noun or pronoun it modifies for clarity.
  • Ex: “Writing about Navajo culture, Juanita Platero describes the conflict between old and new ideas” is much more clear than . . .
  • “Juanita Platero describes the conflict between old and new ideas, writing about Navajo Culture.”
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How to combine sentences using Participial Phrases
  • Are the sentences closely related?
  • Reduce one of the sentences to a participial phrase (a word ending in –ing).
  • Place the participial phrase near the noun or pronoun it modifies.