Identify the participle phrase in the following sentence:
Walking on the beach, Delores dodged jellyfish that had been washed ashore.
that had been washed
Walking on the beach
jellyfish that had
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Correct option is C)
A participle is that form of the verb which partakes of the nature both of a Verb and of an Adjective. A participle phrase will begin with a present or past participle. If the participle is present, it will dependably end in ing. Likewise a regular past participle will end in a consistent ed. Since, all phrases require two or more words, a participle phrase will often include objects and/or modifiers that complete the thought. Participle phrases always function as adjectives,adding description to the sentence. In this case, Option C is correct. The participle phrase, 'Walking on the beach' describes the noun 'Delores'. The present participle 'walking' introduces the participle phrase. Options A, B and D are incorrect as they are devoid of any participle. 'Had been washed', 'dodged' are verbs and not participles.