Questions tagged [participles]

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Commas and participle phrases

I have got some issues with comma usage. There are plenty of punctuation rules when it comes to participles. For exmaple: I need to use commas: Hoping for a treat, the dog fetched the ball; The dog, ...
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What is the difference between “bring someone/something” and “bring someone/something over”?

What is the difference between bring someone/something and bring someone/something over? For example: I am having a barbecue, so please come and bring your friends. I am having a barbecue, so please ...
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“The Haloed Sun”? Shouldn't it be “The Haloing Sun”?

resource: https://www.artic.edu/artworks/126484/the-haloed-sun If I want to portray a deity (take Thor for example) with a halo around him, then should I say "Haloed Thor", "Haloing Thor" or "Halo ...
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What is the difference between these sentences including present participle?

What is the difference between these sentences including present participle? The running car has no batteries. The car (which is) running has no batteries.
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“Be about to'' vs. ”Be going to"

If you say "something is about to happen" or "something is going to happen", you mean that "it will happen very soon" : The man is about to die. The man is going to die. What is the ...
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Can “that have been” be omitted the same way as “that are”?

We can omit that are in sentences like: "Things that are done by our manager are really vital." = "Things done by our manager are really vital." Now, can I omit that have been the same way: "...
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how to fix this participial sentence

"Sitting in the shop, a car caught her eye. " How to fix this to a right participial sentence? Not the car which is sitting in the shop, is the lady who is sitting in the shop.
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verb-ing modifier trouble

I'm unexplainably confused about this topic. What does the following verb-ing clause modify? (noun) researchers or (action) have sent? How do we decide that? --> very important for me Is there any ...
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What is the participle of “stop working” and should I use it?

I was trying to formulate the present participle form of the sentence "My body slowly stops working". My intuition told me that I should be writing "My body is slowly stopping to work." However I have ...
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1) My hobby is gardening. 2) My hobby is interesting. which one is gerund or participle?

which parts of speech is gardening and interesting ? 1) My hobby is gardening. 2) My hobby is interesting.
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When to use past participles? I can't find a clear rule

everyone. My understanding of past participles--and it's based on my own observations, not on my reading this rule--is that you use "had [verb]" when speaking about something that, in the past, ...
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Can I use the perfect participle in a question? And can I use it after “instead of”?

"Shouldn't the objects have disappeared instead of the writings on them having been changed?" Is this sentence grammatically correct? If not then how can you make it grammatically correct? Can I use ...
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“She isn't a movie-going person”

What does "movie-going" mean in this phrase? Can we use the same for other locations like the theater or the stadium? She isn't a movie-going person Source: https://twitter.com/tvs_movies/status/...
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participles at the same time

While I was reading a magazine, I saw a sentence that makes me think about orders, placements of the participles. Anyone caught playing faced fines and even potential jail time. I think that the ...
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“I want him arrested.” Is “arrested” a participle that act as an adjective modifying “him”?

A participle act as an adjective. But adjective mostly come before noun. This sentence only has pronoun. And "arrested" comes after pronoun. If "arrested" does not act as an adjective, What is its ...
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“Look at the sun setting” OR “Look at the setting sun”

Look at the sun setting. Look at the setting sun. As far as I know, setting in the first sentence is a participle and in the second sentence it is an adjective. Do they both mean the same? ...
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“Starting” or “to start?”

Can you please help me with the following sentences which one would be correct? What is the difference between them and when I should use -ing form and when -to+infinitive in similar cases? "I ...
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participle phrase with a comma

Mark stood next to Tracy, feeling helplessly nervous. I have a question about this sentence. If context is added, according to context, can the sentence mean either 1 or 2 below? Mark stood next to ...
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What “totalling” is modifying?

Yesterday, Fang told the court that Zahid and his family took 23 insurance policies for 12 vehicles owned by them totalling $10k . What "totalling" is modifying ? Shouldn't there be a comma before "...
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verb plus ing in the begining of a sentence

I've been reading some books and confusing about how to use "verb plus "ing" in the beginning of a sentence". Here are some examples: A large crowd was still huddled around Bird, blocking him ...
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“drinking a cup of coffee” vs “over a cup of coffee” [duplicate]

We can describe two things we do in one time with a participle construction like the following sentence: We had a chat drinking a cup of coffee. However, we may also describe the same situation ...
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'non-been Being'

The word 'being' can mean 'creature' or 'as' (i.e: 'being / as a rich man'). What is the meaning of 'non-been Being' exactly? . Is this ambiguous?
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Past participle

ex1) There is not any paper left.(OK) ex2) There is not any left paper.(X) I want to know why the past participle 'left' should be located at the end of the sentence like ex1.
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Introductory Participial Phrases with no antecedent

I asked a question similar to this before and did not receive a suitable answer so I am going to try again. In the business world where people often create unnecessarily complicated and poorly ...
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“starting from…ending with…”

A: How computers affect our everyday life? B: In a positive way, certainly. They help with so many things, starting from writing and printing your own essay and ending with developing advanced ...
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Determined/determining to make a good beginning, these new comers did all they could

I encountered an exercise on an app today, which asks me to choose a right word for the sentence: _____ to make a good beginning, these new-comers did all that they could to get themselves well-...
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Are Past Participles Non Finite Verbs?

I'm currently reading a book on syntax and it states the following: "Be careful not to confuse the past participle with the past tense...They differ, however in that the past tense form is finite, ...
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Use of ing without helping verbs

A few days ago I came across this post: "How people feel after sharing a post about Amazon forest fire thinking that will put it out". Since then I have not been able to comprehend the grammar ...
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…,starting / ending

1- Tryouts for select teams are held in August with practice starting in September. (What does "starting" modify here? ) 2- Free tokens will be issued for each tour starting at 8 p.m. in ...
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A man sitting here or seated here

What is the difference between the sentences below when the situation is a state condition. 1. A man is sitting in the Room. 2. A man is seated in the Room
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Spanning the life…(Use of participle)

...Spanning the life period from birth to the age of 18 months, the oral stage is the first of the five Freudian psychosexual development stages: (i) the oral, (ii) the anal, (iii) the phallic, (...
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Sentence construction with participles

A: A is drinking cups of coffee nonstop in the kitchen. B: What the hell! You trying to make your heart explode? A: I am loading up on coffee. Because it is a pain in the ass getting to ...
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Participles to convey purpose

He called the Fun Zone, asking to meet the guys from the video. Hi, I saw that sentence in a tv-series. I suppose I can rewrite it as: 1- "He called the Fun Zone and asked to meet the guys from ...
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The placement of participles defining the subject of the main clause

As far as I know, we can use participles right before or after the subject of the main clause to give extra information about the subject. For example: 1- Dressed in his class-A uniform, the marine ...
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Participles to modify the subject of the main clause when the verb of the main clause is “to+be”

1- Essos is an immense landmass located to the east of Westeros, extending into the far east of the known world." (Essos is an immense landmass located..+ Essos extends into the far...) 2- He ...
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Spent time doing/ have no business doing something/ Have a job doing

I do not really understand the use of participles in these kind of sentences. 1- We spent the first month just debating what to call ourselves. 2- You had no business reading my private ...
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Different functions of participles

It is about saving lives, starting with mine." (A line from a tv series) (Context: He talks about time travel to save lives including his life.) I can't understand how that participle works here. I ...
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Omitting “and” and using participle instead

I was working a drug case, tracking this drug dealer for months. Then suddenly he disappeared. (From a tv-series) This sentence kind of confused me. In this sentence, what does participle imply? (...
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Omitting “being” after subject in absolute phrases

As far as I know, we can omit "being" in the sentence 1 and 2. 1- He smiled at his girlfriend, her clothes (being) all muddy and tattered. 2- His Ipad (being) dead, he felt bored. Can I ...
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“Being” more precisely

Being more precisely, I just don't even know what "end up" means. I saw this sentece in a forum. Is use of "being" here correct? I would write it this way: To be more presicely, I just don't even ...
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Participles to modify the subject of the main clause

"Essos is an immense landmass located to the east of Westeros, extending into the far east of the known world." (Here, "extending" describes the Essos or does it describes the landmass? ) Having ...
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Functions of participle clauses?

I don't understand the function of participles in these sentences below. 1- She fled with her children, ending up in a shelter. (Does the action of the main clause( "fleeing") happen at the same ...
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Dangling participle?

As far as I know those two examples below considered wrong because of dangling participles. 1- For the interview, William borrowed Grandpa's old suit, draped neatly on a hanger. 2- Do you ...
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Using comma before a non-essential reduced relative clause which describes the object of the main clause

I am really confused about dangling phrases. Which sentences below are grammatically correct? I think just 1 and 4 are correct here? 1- Did you read Hamlet, which was written by William ...
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Using an adverbial phrase between the object and the participle?

There's been a gentleman here asking for you, sir. As far as I know, In this form the participle always comes immediately after the object of the main clause. After I saw this sentence above. A ...
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Using “ comma + participle clause” when the subject of the main clause is different

The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of compass, a thin red circle in the water. (Context: "It" is a laden mattress that carries the dead body of Gastsby and ...
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Is this an example of a gerund or a participle?

this is my first time asking a question in ELL, so I am sorry if I broke any rules. In the following sentence, is tapping a gerund or a participle? His tapping finger on the change mat speeded up ...
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Using “v-ing” after some phrases

I always think that we can use "v-ing" to combine two phrases when two interconnected activities are going on. For example : In sentence two, "explainig situation" and "having a hard time" is a ...
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Using comma before participles

As far as I know, when two action happen at the same time, I can combine these two sentence into one sentence by using participle form for the one of the actions. The thing what I am trying to ask ...
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Am I interpreting the difference correctly? “being + Pas Participle” Vs “Pas Participle” in contetxt

Consider these two self-made sentences below. Being armed with previous experiences, I decided to check the map at every crossroad. Armed with previous experiences, I decided to check the map ...

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