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Questions tagged [past-participles]

For questions about past participle forms of verbs.

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Using “being” with past participle phrases

I almost never see using "being" in past participle phrases, even though those participle phrase express something progressing. 1- For nigh on half a year, they had lived in the magister’s house, ...
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Can I use “offset” as an adjective?

I have often used the word "offset" as a predicate adjective (or perhaps as part of a passive verb construction?) in the sense of "displaced" or "out of alignment (with)," as in the following ...
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Can “past participle” alone be placed after a word that it modifies?

I have learnt that a past participle alone should be placed before a word it modifies as the first sentence below and that a past participle with any modifier should be placed after a word it modifies ...
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What is “called” referring to in its preceding sentence?

Researchers in psychology follow the scientific method to perform studies that help explain and may predict human behavior. This is a much more challenging task than studying snails or sound waves....
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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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Difference between did and does

I messaged my friend asking if a person(say Mr. ABC) replies to his messages. So I texted him saying: " Does Mr. ABC reply to your messages?" He corrected me saying that it was "did" and not "does" ...
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developed or being developed, how different?

Currently, there are several projects being developed to help clean up space junk. If i use developed instead of being developed, the meaning would be changed slightly? Or no difference?
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Past-participle modifier

They will have to hone their already developed skills in advertising, communication, and marketing migrated to a multimedia, multichannel world increasingly linked together by the Internet. I bolded ...
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“sth made dificult” is verb participle as adjective?

It is sad to see a decent story made difficult to read by sloppy proofreading. Is "made difficult" a participial adjective phrase here?
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What's the difference between 'I have worked in this company before' and 'I had worked in this company before'

If I used to work in a company, which one of the sentences given below is correct when I am telling someone about this experience: (1) I have worked in this company before; or (2) I had worked in ...
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Past and present participles grammar rules [closed]

Do past and present participles always have to have an auxiliary verb?
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Missing and missed [closed]

What's the difference between your missing friend and your missed friend? What do these two sentences mean? miss: to fail to be or go somewhere If I want to express that my friend has disappeared ...
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Have Forgotten or Have forgot

a) What is the past participle of forget, I mean Forgot or forgotten? b) Is it region Specific I mean British English or American English? E.G. a) I have forgot my keys at home. b) I have ...
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Is the past simple and past participle the same for all regular verbs?

So each verb has the base form (V1) which is used in present simple, the past simple (V2) and the past participle (V3). For example: V1: allow (I allow you to leave early) V2: allowed (I allowed ...
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Conditional and participle

I came across a website that says past participle can also be used to replace conditional clause. For example: Given the choice, most people would want to choose good health over good fortune. ( ...
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Grammatical error in using 'the' after an adjective

In the sentence: "Please find attached the document containing the list of items." Is the usage of "the" after "attached" forbidden by some rule of the English language?
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having + past participle vs past participle

What is the difference between the following two examples: Faced with a bill for $10000, he has taken an extra job. Having faced (with?) a bill for $10000, he has taken an extra job. Or another ...
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The grammar of “be buried”

What is the grammar of "be buried" in the following sentences?: The graves have all been found under the houses, right under the floors. And it may be this burial custom that explains why the ...
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He is asked me to dinner. Is the sentence right?

He is asked me to dinner. He is asking me to dinner. The first sentence come from a native speaker of English. Is it correct? What is the difference between the meaning what it expressed and the ...
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“be made of gold”

Our houses have made of gold [Present Perfect tense] Our houses were made of gold [Past Simple tense] Our houses are made of gold I don’t understand why some people prefer to use are + past ...
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Which of the two words sounds more natural and common to native speakers? “Though merging/merged…”

You know that the word 'merge' is both transitive and intransitive. Then in the following sentence, which of the two sounds more natural and common to native speakers? And why? Though (merging/...
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been to & gone to: a general rule for specific cases

I understand been to is used for a complete visit and gone to refers to a trip taking place now or the person being there. My question is about the times where it's gets a bit shady. Based on what I ...
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Is it grammatically correct? Past Participle in to-infinitive

“Betrayal. That’s the first thing I feel, which is ludicrous. For there to be betrayal, there would have had to been trust first.”, The Hunger Games I'm confused about "... would have had to been ...
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While talking about a program or a macro already performed, use `run` or `played`?

I need to translate some technical text, specifically about Photoshop actions. This answer explains very well the use of "run" or "execute". What about the past, when the process is already done? It ...
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Can you explain what is wrong with this sentence: “Being asked about the experiment, I encourage other people to have a try,”

Today in class we studied participle clauses. Students were asked to transform with sentence "When I am asked about the experiment, I encourage other people to have a try." The correct textbook answer ...
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Which part of speech is “left” in this sentence?

I've always thought (perhaps, erroneously) that if there is some ambiguity in determining whether the given word is an adjective or a past participle, you need to look at whether the "source" of ...
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what is the grammar role of “by studying in groups” in this sentence?

What is the role of "by studying in groups" in the following sentence? Is it ok Grammatically? By studying in groups, students can learn better.
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How can I tell what the past participle of a word is?

How can I tell what the past participle of something is- especially if the past participle is usually different? Ex: Drink = have drunk, choose = had chosen, and bring = have brought. If these are all ...
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“Once” in the beginning of the sentence

I have seen sentence structures like the following: Once opened, the chicken broth is good for 2 days. My two questions: what tense should be used after once? past, or the past participle? So, ...
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Should I use “is” or “has” here?

I am confused about how to use "is" or "has" in one way or the other. Is it correct to say " he is gone to the back gate " or it should be "he has gone to the back gate" because I think "gone is a ...
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Selling or sold?

Selling for $40, the gadget will give you great value. Selling for $40, the gadget may seem expensive at first sight. In the context of the sentences, there is no particular item that has been ...
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“did you sign up successfully?” - what's wrong with this sentence?

If someone says, they are going to try signing up on a certain website, how should I check if they managed to do that? Did you sign up successfully? looks very odd, although I can't think of ...
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what is “ ' s ” in the sentence in bold? [duplicate]

And he gave the boy his belessing. The boy could see in his father' s gaze a desire to be able, himself, to travel the world- a desire that was still alive, despite his father' s having had to bury it,...
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Is there any wrong with the sentence,'The visit was treated with respect and given ten dollars' [closed]

Whether the subject must be changed to 'the visitor'
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Was took or was taken

Which one is correct and why? The decision was taken Or The decision was took I am confused. Pls help
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“Unifying” or “unified”?

What is the meaning of a "unifying" view vs. a "unified" view on something (e.g., a unifying view on the origin of language)? What is the meaning of a "unifying" vs. a "unified" something (e.g., a ...
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he got a summer job helping with a cooking course in Italy

Steve Anderson has always had a passion for food. He was taught to cook by his mother, who is half Burmese. After studying physics in college, he got a summer job helping with a cooking course in ...
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usage of past participle by itself without companying “to be” or “have” verbs

In the following cloze test Leisure is time spent away from business, work, and household duties. It does not actually include time ..(1).. on necessary activities such as sleeping, and where ...
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done / having been done + once

Having been chased by street dogs once, he doesn't dare to take that path. An example relating to "___ (tell) many times, he still made the same mistakes" form http://forum.wordreference.com/threads/...
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How differentiate between -able and -ed adjectives?

I really need your help regarding this matter, In spite of all the hard work in finding a clear difference that makes me use -able over -ed, I couldn't find a definite rule. For example, valued vs ...
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Has been or had been

Which one is correct? he is not in this photo as he has been the photographer. or He is not not in this photo as he had been the photographer. Lets say it's been so many years since that particular ...
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that + past participle usage

I know how to use relative clause in reduced form i.e. I saw the dog barking.(I saw the dog which barked) But in a technical book, I see the following sentence and can't figure out. This function ...
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have + past participle, versus did + verb?

Here are some pairs of sentences. I don't know the difference in meaning between each sentence in each pair. How many apples did you eat? How many apples have you eaten? How many bags did ...
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Is “gone” in the title of a youtube video “AUDITIONS GONE WRONG Angry Contestants” correct?

Below is a title of a youtube video. AUDITIONS GONE WRONG Angry Contestants & More | Idols Global The word I am suspicious about in the title is GONE. I know there are many expressions like "...
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what tense should be used past simple or past continuous?

Heeeey, i need your help, again. In class, We were discussing Past Continuous. I gave them a group of exercises, one of which was to choose the correct tense either Past Simple or Past Continuous. The ...
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How is “for” used in “Having such a famous man for a father…” ?

Having such a famous man for a father must have had an effect on Jason's childhood. In this sentence I can't understand how for is used. I haven't read such a sentence before so I find it difficult ...
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Why do we say “English-speaking world” rather “spoken-English world”, while “spoken English” rather than “speaking English”?

Why do we say "spoken English" rather than "speaking English", while "English-speaking world" rather "spoken-English world"? Since "English in writing" is right, how about "writing English"?
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a man destroyed

Can one say a. In front of you, you see a man destroyed. b. In front of you, you see men destroyed. if the intended meaning is c. In front of you, you see a man/men who has/have been destroyed.... ...
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“having + past participle” vs gerund?

What is the difference in meaning between: I remember having visited your sister in France. I remember visiting your sister in France. When should I use one, and when should I use the other? Also, ...
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“Would have” for situation that is no longer possible?

I would really like to know why "would + present perfect" are used in the following sentence: In many schools, children are identified as “behind” with reading before they would even have started ...