Sample consent form

Informed consent form for experimental participants.

Please read the following information carefully. You may also like to print a copy for future reference.


You are invited to participate in a research study on the meaning of so called "verb-particle constructions" in English ("verb-particle constructions" are contained in sentences like "Peter put the picture up"). In the experiment, you will be presented with sets of sentences and asked to answer questions about them. The purpose of this research is to determine the meaning of those verb-particle constructions. We will not "test" your knowledge of a prescriptive grammar, good "style" or school knowledge about written language. Instead, we are interested in your personal judgment/opinion.

Risks and benefits

Because the sentences used in the study have been extracted automatically from a collection of naturally occurring text, they may contain language that some participants may find offensive. Similarly they may contain descriptions of situations of a violent or sexual nature that some participants might find distressing. Beyond pleasure derived by way of participating in a language experiment, there are no benefits to participation.

Time involvement

Your participation in this experiment will take approximately 20 minutes.

Subject's rights

If you have read this form and have decided to participate in this project, please understand your participation is voluntary and you have the right to withdraw your consent or discontinue participation at any time without penalty. You have the right to refuse to answer particular questions. Your individual privacy will be maintained in all published and written data resulting from the study.

If you agree with the above-stated conditions and are willing to participate in the experiment, please click the button "I agree..." below. Clicking the "I agree..." button will start the experiment.

By clicking the button below you agree that you meet the following conditions:

  • You are a native speaker of English.
  • You are over 18 years old.
  • You have read the above consent form, understood it and you agree to it.
  • You want to participate in the above-mentioned experiment.
I agree to the above-stated conditions