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will be exempt or will be exempted?

People performing "critical" tasks including air traffic controllers will be exempt under new rules. I saw this sentence from a news article. I was taught that will be is followed by past ...
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The departed (singular)

DEPARTED A dead person, especially one who has died recently. (used with a pl. verb) Dead persons considered as a group; the dead. https://www.ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=departed However ...
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Double passive: “required to be registered”, “proposed to be left out”, “omitted to be done”

A few double passives are defensible—e.g.: “Offerings in compliance with Regulation D are not required to be registered with the SEC under the Securities Act.” As Ernest Gowers (FMEU2 at 139) noted: ...
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Grammaticality of “a list is added an Item”?

Using the word given as a past participle in the following sentence is, presumably, correct: A person is given a gift Can we use the past participle form of the word added in the same way in the ...
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Drink in the passive voice

Is the following sentence correct? The milk was drunk by him. I don't think I've heard anyone use the past participle of drink in the passive voice.
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How do suffixes -ed & -ing work in adjectives?

I kinda confuse about these suffixes and how they work. for example: Closed places vs. Close places "Close" can be adj., v. and I've been taught that when adding -ed to a verb, it'll become ...
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Adjective ‘Half’ & past participle ‘halved’

When is adjective or determiner Half used and, when is past participle modifier halved used attributively?
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Participle adjective confusion

I know you can use past participle as an adjective, let’s say, the laptop is built well. But let’s say, I bought a designer bag, now I regret it, does it make sense to say the money is wasted on this ...
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Paraphrasing “Peter was abandoned by his parents at an early age and took to stealing.” to participles

From my homework about participles, I have to paraphrase this to participles but I don't know how to. Peter was abandoned by his parents at an early age and took to stealing.
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Is it being faced, faced, or having been faced with the increasing unemployment?

In writing the following sentence, I am hesitating which one (Being faced, faced, having been faced) I should use at the beginning: _____ with the increasing unemployment, many people went on strike ...
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Is “buildings torn down” without “were” correct?

Someone, supposed to be good in English, told me the following sentence is correct: A strong earthquake lasted for two minutes, a few of old buildings torn down in the twinkling of an eye. Shouldn't ...
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I'm not sure when to use “had+pp” or “the past tense”

I work from home about twice a week. Yesterday I physically went to work. However, I hadn't known that I was supposed to work from home until my senior told me. So, I asked my team manager if I could ...
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Intransitive verb as Predicative adjective

He is gone. Then can we say 'He is come'(past participle of come). And how much it is correct to use a past participle of intransitive verb as a Predicative adjective. 'he is arrived' in place of 'he ...
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Can we say 'he is stopped'?

Can we say 'He is stopped' in place of 'He has stopped'? 'Stop',here is an Intransitive verb, so I think it would be correct to make its past participle (stopped) and use it as a Predicative adjective ...
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Which is right about a text on life 2000 years ago:“The house must have had a cosy roof of turf.” or “It would have a cosy …” or “It had a cosy…” [duplicate]

I have seen this sentence in an article on bbc, which is about how people lived thousands of years ago. "When this Neolithic home was built, it would have had a cosy roof of turf.." When I ...
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To tell about a guess about a case in the past, why use “would+have+past participle” instead of "must+have+past participle? [duplicate]

I have seen this sentence in an article on bbc, which is about how people lived thousands of years ago. "When this Neolithic home was built, it would have had a cosy roof of turf.." When I ...
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“With his right arm raised”

With his right arm raised, I was thinking ... I thought with his right arm raising. Why use raised?
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Why is it “crouching tiger hidden dragon” but not “crouching tiger hiding dragon”?

Why is the movie named "crouching tiger hidden dragon"? This is mainly a question about present and past participle. Why can't it be "crouching tiger hiding dragon"? Since the ...
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The word 'Surviving' in 'one of the the earliest surviving poems'

One of the earliest surviving Anglo Saxon poems, Widsith, is the autobiographical record of such a scop. Here, Surviving is a Participle or a Gerund? Can we say "Widsith is one of the earliest ...
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Required qualifications or Qualifications required

I have all the qualifications required for the exam. Or, I have all the required qualifications for the exam. What's the difference between them? and where should we place Participle, working as an ...
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Use and meaning of WOULD

Could you please explain me what is the use and the meaning of WOULD in this sentence? “It’s very odd that he WOULD HAVE BEHAVED rudely to you”. Thank you! Francesca
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present, past, past participle form of 'spit'

I saw this sentence on the internet. i know being spit on is probably not what you need right now In this sentence, spit is past participle form of verb, spit. I know past form of spit is spit, ...
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Can someone help me with these examples of got and gotten?

I've got 2 questions. Is it correct to say: He's got me something / he's got me a present? Or can you just say: He got me something / he got me a present? My second question: When someone gave you ...
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past participle and past simple

The paintings have been proven to be fakes The paintings proved to be fakes Questions: What is the difference between using has been proven and proved? I know one is a past participle and one is ...
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is it ok to use “is” with past participle?

I prefer using "is" sometimes with past participle. ex- Your screen is frozen. Your case is picked. your device is repaired. in both the examples, I consider frozen, picked as an adjective ...
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independent clause, subject + past participle+…?

Massive boulders, shipped from as far away as the Northwest Territories, echo the curvaceous form of the museum building, its rough-hewn limestone surface meant to recall a cliff face sculptured by ...
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Present perfect or simple past.. have fallen in love or fell in love

I'm learning present perfect and simple past in English and I have a question, is it correct to say "My parents have fallen in love and have gotten married" or "they fell in love and ...
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What does the past participle function here?

The purpose and meaning of the sand paintings can be explained by examining one of the most basic ideals of Navajo society, embodied in their word hozho (beauty or harmony, goodness, and happiness).(...
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Which sentence is right?

I saw something that I am not supposed to see. I saw something I'm not supposed to have seen. I saw something I shouldn't have seen. I saw something I shouldn't have see. I saw something I shouldn't ...
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Which sentence is gramatically and sounds right?

I'm sorry for the mistakes that I did. or I'm sorry for the mistakes that I have done. Which sentence is grammatically and sounds right?
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Why is “had” followed by a past participle while “had to” followed by an infinitive?

"Had" is an auxiliary verb, right? In which case it should be followed by an infinitive. Why is it followed by a past participle in that case? Am I mistaken? Example "she had paid" ...
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two techniques, called “backlighting” VS two techniques called “backlighting”

This effect, my mother explained, was the result of two techniques, called "backlighting"and flash fill. " (From an ACT English test passage) Am I right to think that it'd be better if ...
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Passing test or passed test?

In this video, he says "Now, we have two passing tests." It doesn't make sense to me by saying passing test. I would say passed test instead. Because a test can only be passed, right? How ...
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which sentence is correct (dry or dried)?

Which is right? The clothes are almost dry or The clothes are almost dried Context: I washed my clothes yesterday. Today, before it rained, I took the clothes in. The said clothes are not wet and ...
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Past perfect tense understand use

The following paragraphs describe a chart. Although there was no change in the number of people aged 65-74 between 1960 and 1970, the number of people aged 75 and over had increased during this time. ...
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a place filled/filling with fun

Is there any practical difference between "filling" and "filled" in the following? John was staying at a place filled/filling with fun.
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present, past, passive and perfect participle usages

Which is correct grammatically? Beaten severely, he died immediately. [past participle] Having been beaten severely, he died immediately. [perfect participle) I would like to put my understanding of ...
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which one to use 'will open' vs 'is open' for future? [closed]

Which one is correct or wrong? Can you please explain in detail? The shop will open tomorrow. The shop is open tomorrow. The shop will be open tomorrow. The shop will be opened tomorrow. And one ...
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Is it if I ever lost or lose

I'm wondering if the following sentence from this meme is correct Thinking if I ever lost my favourite person person When I sent it to someone, they were like "Shouldn't it be lose instead of ...
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Should have + several verbs, are they all using the same past participle form?

Would it be correct to say: "He should have gone past that place, turned right, and gone to the pub." (when explaining that someone went the wrong way)? The verbs are homogeneous and thus I ...
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Is “When it could be [past participle]” a valid question?

I wonder if someone tell me is "When it could be [past participle]" a valid question? E.g "When this computer could be restarted". I've searched google and didn't find a similar ...
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Are “done” and “made” interchangeable in this context?

I was writing an abstract of an article and started highlighting the advances in a field of knowledge, so I wrote: "Over the last 10 years, huge advances have been done in the areas of..." ...
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Embarrassing or Embarrassed which is more suitable? is + verb (ing) or is + verb (ed)

This applies equally to the 14 year old who fails to attend school because a parent is terminally ill, the overweight 11 year old who fails to attend because he is ________ about changing for PE in ...
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Is it possible to use 'already' without 'have/had' in front?

Is it possible to use already without have/had in front? For example: I already eat/ate ?
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Why is the word “hit” here used as a third person singular instead of past participle?

According to Guinnessworldrecord.com, the most piano key hits in one minute is 824, achieved by Domingos-Antonio Gomes (Portugal) in Lisbon, Portugal, on 4 March 2017. I knew this sentence has to be ...
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How can we identify that “It's freezing”, freezing is an adj not verb+ing?

It's freezing. I noticed there are many sentences that have a construction with a [verb] + ing, but the word is not a verb but actually is an adjective. How can we know? There're some sentences like &...
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Proper usage of Auxilliary Verbs

Why is this sentence correct? "Nine dogs are caught and one cat has escaped" I immediately notice that the auxiliary verb "are" was before caught which is in its past-participle form so I assume ...
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intransitive verbs as past participle form without' have'

She is gone. 'Go' is an intransitive verb, but it is used as the past participle form without 'have'. What are other verbs, if any, used like this?
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Loved in a sentence

My husband loved having me over in his office. My husband loves having me over in his office. My questions: Does loved here refer to the simple past or the past participle ? Do both the ...
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Grammar rule be verb +ed

Please, can you explain me when we can use verb +ed like "you are allowed to..."? I understand that the main meaning is that you are free to do something but I can't find the definition of this ...

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