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In this sentence, is “taken” adjective?

The imitation process begins when the collection of fashions is presented by models on catwalk through some of photos taken and sent to manufacturers.

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  • @Jason Bassford I have edited the sentences. – Question Jul 11 '20 at 4:22
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    I still don't understand what's being described. You added a sentence for additional context, but the original sentence still doesn't make sense to me. Is it pictures of catwalks that are displayed a collection of some kind? Is it a collection of catwalk pictures? What does through some of the photos mean? – Jason Bassford Jul 11 '20 at 4:24
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    This would make sense to me: When the collection of taken photos is presented on catwalks. If that's what's meant, then taken serves the same syntactic function as stolen, and the sense of taken is "photos removed from somewhere," not "photos that were produced." In that construction, and that sense, taken is a verb that's functioning adjectivally. But I don't know if that's the intended interpretation. – Jason Bassford Jul 11 '20 at 4:42
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    Your sentence is distinctly odd, but nevertheless "taken" is a past participle verb modifying "photos". Although it's only a single word, it is still analysed as a past-participial clause. – BillJ Jul 11 '20 at 7:19
  • @Jason Bassford the collection here are fashions which represented by models. – Question Jul 12 '20 at 0:28
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BillJ:

Your sentence is distinctly odd, but nevertheless "taken" is a past participle verb modifying "photos". Although it's only a single word, it is still analysed as a past-participial clause.

Me: A past-participle is a modifier that works like an adjective. Some adjectives are past participles that have basically become adjectives, e.g., the gone girl.

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You may think in this way:

At what moment does the imitation process begin? (The imitation process begins) when the collection is presented on catwalks through some of the photos taken.

The part inside the parenthesis is omitted.

And now strike the below part to make the meaning of 'taken' clearer.

The imitation process begins when the collection is presented on catwalks through some of the photos taken.

The 'taken' indicates the action of taking photos at the catwalk and it's a verb. It doesn't mean the photos which were already taken before.

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  • "The ...process begins ...by models through some photos (that are) taken and sent to manufacturers." This is the skeletal structure, and I think it is fine. Here, "...taken and sent...." is similar to " of things that are taken and sent to manufacturers - which talk more about photos'. Am I right? – Ram Pillai Aug 12 '20 at 2:26

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