Questions tagged [participles]

For questions about the form of a verb that usually ends in "ed" or "ing" and is used as an adjective.

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Picture Someone Engaging VS Engaged

I looked up the word "picture" in the dictionary and it is usually said "Picture someone doing something". Shouldn't the word "engaged" be "engaging" in the following sentence? Perhaps you’re ...
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Reducing adverb clauses

Here's a sentence from a textbook Before I left home, I promised my parents that I would return. According to the given instruction, I'm suppose to rephrase it into a participial sentence. One ...
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Past-participles Grammar in use

Can I say so? Is it right in terms of grammar? it was wrong to meet him without having had talked before I know for sure that it's correct to say: without having talked but I mean exactly ...
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Participle to finite verb

I have to rewrite the following sentence by changing the participle into a finite verb Going up the stairs, the boy fell down. According to me the answer should be While the boy was going up the ...
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How to tell whether ing forms are gerunds or participles

So I looked up the meanings of the word "former" and the descriptions were as follows : Having previously been a particular thing. Denoting the first or first mentioned of two people or things....
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Usage of participles indicating the object

You left them alone, crying for their mama. (Context: Children were crying not "you") Is this sentence grammatically correct? I have seen a television character use a sentence similiar to ...
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About the use of non-defining participles

Is it me, or is the use of the participles questionable in the following sentences? (1) [ injuring ] The FBI is investigating the shooting of a military helicopter during a training mission this week ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Best description of the sentence

The policeman, running with all his speed, was scarcely able to overtake the thief. Which of the following sentence best describes the above sentence? A: The policeman ran with all his speed and ...
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“generated data and information” vs “data and information generated”

The data and information generated are best interpreted in face-to-face meetimg. or The generated data and information are best interpreted in face-to-face meetimg. Which is correct? is there ...
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“feeling cold” vs “being cold” in a participle phrase

Is there any difference between these sentences? Is either one preferred? Feeling cold, she turned the heater on. Being cold, she turned the heater on. I somehow feel "Feeling" is more often used ...
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“Under the bright but faded lights”. Why “faded” other than “fading”?

Alan Walker's "I'm Faded": Under the bright but faded lights music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60ItHLz5WEA lyrics: https://genius.com/Alan-walker-faded-lyrics Why was "faded" other than "...
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Use of preposition 'of'

"I saw him playing cards." When this line is transformed,which of two following is correct and why? "I saw his playing cards". "I saw his playing of cards."
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Participal clause vs perfect participle

I'm often confused the participle clause used in English grammar. He broke his leg and he went home. (= Having broken his leg, he went home.) He had broken his leg and he went home. (= Having broken ...
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Is this participle correctly used?

Usually when a present participle is modifying a noun, that noun is the subject of the sentence. In this sentence, the modified noun, however, isn't the subject. The sentence sounds a little ...
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Having pp, have pp sentence

I'd like to ask questions about the exact tense of participial construction like the following sentence. Having worked in the industry over the years, I have sometimes been surprised to see young ...
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Is it a usage of participal phrase in this sentence

Someone wrote: When I came, the students split into teams, sat at a table and the teacher was asking questions while showing the students sheets with four answers. I changed it into: When I ...
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Which form is correct?

Which form of these two sentences is correct? Mike finds your bag, but is disappointed that you have no apples left. Mike finds your bag, but gets disappointed that you have no apples left.
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Does our arrangement of a sentence that has a participle clause in it, affect its meaning?

Q. So, what're you doing tomorrow? A. I'll stay in watching the soccer match. Now, if we rearranged the answerer's answer to I'll watch the soccer match staying in, would it mean the same as his ...
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Participles- what are the differences in the meanings of the given sentences?

Rising out of the sea in front of us, the sun started to warm our faces. The sun started to warm our faces rising out of the sea in front of us. The sun started to warm our faces, rising out of the ...
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Is it grammatical to use the phrase “floating and lost in the dark”?

Floating and lost in the dark, everyone's morale started to crack. In the sentence, is the phrase floating and lost in the dark a dangling participle? Is it grammatical to use the phrase floating and ...
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What constitutes an adjective phrase?

Participle phrase (which acts as an adjective ) prepositional phrase (which can be used as either an adverb phrase or an adjective phrase) Q : So adjective phrase is just a fancy name that can be ...
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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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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.