From The Blister Exists by Slipknot:

I am the damaged one
All my life and the damage done

The question: why the damage done? As I understand, sometimes past participle can give some qualities of adjective to a noun or object. For example: I saw a broken door yesterday. We can ask: "What door"? "What exactly is the door?" or "What door did you see yesterday?... a broken door.. And, could you explain the sense of "the damage done" and is it possible to say "the work done" or smth else

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Yes, it is possible to say the damage done or the work done or the question asked or the answer given or the road taken or the shot fired. or the money spent or the pain inflicted or the love withheld or the solace offered or the word misspelled. the money lost and the money gained, the hopes abandoned and the lions tamed.

I think some analyses of the past participle when it follows the noun would treat it as a clause-in-miniature rather than as adjectival modifier.

the damage [which is] done.

the question [which was] asked.

With absolute omission of a relative and BE, rather than ellipsis.

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