English Grammar Test on Verbals (Infinitive/Participle/Gerund)

The Juilliard School is planning to produce an opera.

The students have decided to present The Magic Flute.

Jane Brier has gone to Juilliard to study harmony.

The nurse is ready to call the doctor.

The speaker was simply impossible to hear.

Halle’s has advertised a sale to begin in January.

To override a Presidential veto requires a two-thirds vote of both Houses.

We have decided that this is the house to buy.

Joe is working hard to earn money for college expenses.

"Victory in the Dust Bowl" is about a farmer’s battle to save his farm.

The best way to revive a person is to blow your breath into his lungs.

To redecorate this room will require time and money.

The moon’s apparent functions are to provide moonlight for the romanticists and a target for the rocketeers.

It is lightning’s tendency to seek out the best path offered that makes the lightning rod works.

The magazines lying on the table were back numbers.

Utterly bewildered, the new employee sought aid from her supervisor.

Stung by his critics, the mayor called a press conference.

Having broken her ankle, Eleanor missed the dance.

A large crowd heard the evidence presented by the prosecution.

Running and leaping, the fawn crashed into the woods.

These houses, built before 1900, are still sturdy.

Flowers grown in a greenhouse wilt sooner than those grown in a garden.

Mary Hays, better known as Molly Pitcher, was a heroine of the Revolutionary War.

We saw Alps, looming above us and covered with snow.

Approaching the city, we saw the skyscrapers etched against the sky.

The snow, having lain on the ground for months, melted swiftly in the warm sunshine.

Having forgotten her lines, Barbara rushed offstage.

Repulsed in New York, Washington led his dwindling forces across New Jersey.

Postponing a dreaded job only makes it more difficult.

The secretary’s duties are recording the minutes and sending notices to club members.

No one could have accused my father of sparing the rod.

The tourists were reprimanded for taking pictures of the garden.

Mr. King enjoys his hobby, collecting and repairing old clocks.

Listening to her endless talk drives me mad.

A rereading of the book will surely convince you.

The law forbids parking a car near a fire hydrant.

You start the dishwasher by simply pushing this button.

His method of investing every dollar made him wealthy.

Taking sonar soundings enables scientists to determine the depth of the ocean.

His occupation, testing jet planes, is quite hazardous.

A favorite sport of earthling is shooting at the moon.

By adding a second speaker, you can get a stereo effect.

Having broken all speed records, these jets are being sought by the commercial airlines.

Learning to identify birds is not really difficult.

The chapter on writing gave the students many helpful suggestions to follow.

The tanker exploded in the harbor, injuring many men.

The refugees came to this country to find freedom.

Singing and whistling are antidotes to worrying.

Nancy has her work to do, and she does it without complaining.

By mowing the neighbors’ lawns, Jack earns money for college.


A comprehensive English Grammar Test on Verbals (Infinitive/Participle/Gerund). There are a number of highly useful words in English that are difficult to classify as parts of speech. These are infinitives, participles, and gerunds. They are called verbals because all of them are formed from verbs. Like verbs they may all be modified by adverbs.
However, each of the verbals has other characteristics. The infinitive may be used as a noun, an adjective, or an adverb. The gerund is used as a noun. The participle is used as an adjective.

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