Questions tagged [past-participles]

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Haven't {eaten / ate}?

While chatting with somebody, I first used haven't eaten, then I thought that it was wrong, and switched to haven't ate. Apparently, haven't ate is the one which is wrong. Can someone explain the ...
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'miss call' or 'missed call' when it is 'yet to be missed!'

For many it will be surprising but it is true in India! Often, a person calls on his friend's cell phone and cuts before he picks up. Most of the times it is a 'mutually understood act!' The reasons ...
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May I use a phrasal verb as an adjective, like “commented out code”?

I'd like to express that some old code that has been commented out should be removed. May I phrase it as follows? Remove old, commented out code.
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Do Canadians and Americans really use “gotten” as past participle when speaking?

The OALD has the following note about get: In spoken North American English the past participle got•ten /ˈɡɒtn/ /ˈɡɑːtn/ is almost always used. I know that I have got a car just means I have a car....
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“Gotten” versus “got”

When in a sentence I want to use the present perfect of get, I say have/has gotten. A friend of mine (who is American) corrects me, saying I should use have/has got. From my English classes, I ...
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“asked” as past tense and “asked” as past participle

Residents asked for comments on Lydney Area Action Plan Baseline Report. Last summer the Treasury Department asked for comments on fixes to—or outright elimination of–the use-it-or-lose-it rule in ...
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Why is it vanishing instead of vanished?

The Vanishing Glass . . . . . . Dudley came waddling toward them as fast as he could. “Out of the way, you,” he said, punching Harry in the ribs. Caught by surprise, Harry fell hard on ...
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Is it correct to use “build” in the headline “The safest Olympic Stadium build ever”?

I found this article on the Internet but I wonder if there may be a mistake in the headline: The safest Olympic Stadium build ever: Olympic Park to receive prestigious safety award (source) ...
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The ambiguous “he is buried”

In a sentence taken from the Oxford Dictionary: ‘The inscription on his tombstone in Groombridge Church, where he is buried alongside his three children, bears his original name and no reference to ...
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Words to describe the situation in which my diary book has a few fresh pages left

I bought a few diary books some time ago. Each diary book has 60 pages. I like writing diary, but my diary book only has a few fresh pages left, which means I have to write my diary in a new one very ...
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“worth to be verb-ed” vs. “worth verb-ing” [closed]

I read somewhere that Kynesian theory was contradicted, and therefore worth to be abandoned, ... —Dorigo G., in a comment on Paul Krugman's blog My grammar book says that this sentence is ...
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Past participle of verbs that end in r - When do you add an extra r?

Examples: lower - lowered transfer - transferred How can you distinguish between such cases?
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A confusing sentence with Past participle

I think this is a shortened sentence (the highlighted portion), but I'm not sure. Please help me rewrite it into the full version as separated phrases so that it can be understood more easily. ......
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How should I make a (double-)negative sentence using “could have + past participle”?

If I want to say this sentence using could have plus past participle, then how should I say that? You were capable of not going there, but you went. Is it correct to say: You could have not ...
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It's broken or it has been broken

What is the difference between it is broken and it has been broken please? Thanks.
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Difference between “is added” and “was added”

I need to know the meaning and tense of these sentences: (A) "This feature is added to the last version." (B) "This feature was added to the last version." I can't understand the ...
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Is “What happened to him” correct?

It is common to say "What happened to him (or somebody)?" to inquire about somebodies' whereabouts. But is it right? In my opinion, it should be "What was happened to him?" or "What did happen to ...
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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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Do monosyllabic past participles used as adjectives follow the comparative and superlative rules about adding -er/-est suffixes?

This question showed up in my Writing part of F.C.E. test when I wrote TV is the most bought electric household appliance In that moment, I wondered whether boughtest is the correct form instead ...
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Meanings of participles

From the book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: "That's mine!" said Harry, trying to snatch it back. "Who'd be writing to you?" sneered Uncle Vernon, (1) shaking the letter open with one ...
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How does one distinguish past participle verbs from adjectives?

Sometimes it's difficult to tell if a word is being used as a verb or adjective if it's used in the past participle form - e.g. in the sentence 'I was delighted'. Would it be possible to state that ...
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'Close group' Vs 'Closed group'

On Facebook, you can create a group. You can further 'classify' the group wherein there's an option - 'closed'. When you create a group, the description for that group is shown as 'Closed group'. Now ...
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Which sentence is correct, “The shop is open” or “The shop is opened”?

As for "The shop is open" or "The shop is opened",which sentence is right?
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“read and accepted” or “read and accept”?

Is this phrase correct? By purchasing this product, you certify that you have read and accepted the Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions... Is it just me or it feels like "read and accepted" ...
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Grammatical structure of the sentence “There is no dinosaur skin left to study.”

I am trying to figure out the grammatical structure of the following sentence: There is no dinosaur skin left to study. This is what I have: There is -> (what?) -> no skin -> (which/what?...
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A native speaker said: “I have ever went to”

I heard a guy from Manchester, UK said — It was the best restaurant I have ever went to. And Google offers 23 million pages for the query "have ever went to", and only 3 millions for "I have ...
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How to differentiate between regular and irregular verbs

As I know that in regular verbs we put 'ed' and in irregular verb we do not put 'ed' while changing it into the past or past participle. But for anyone who does not know about the 2nd and 3rd form of ...
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What's the grammar of “Attached” in this email?

Attached you will find the document "How to fill out the online application". This document gives you full details on filling out the online application and should be read with care. They attached an ...
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“Given”, past participle or preposition?

Given arms and hands, a computer can do more varied physical work. Is the word "given" in the sentence, the past participle or the preposition? Thanks a lot.
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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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Past participle vs being+past participle

What is the difference in the meaning between the following sentences: Being beaten by snow, he died. Beaten by snow, he died. Or: Being taken to the hospital, he survived. Taken to the ...
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Is “named” an adjective in this sentence?

"Let's pretend that this monkey belongs to a girl named Bianca" In this sentence, could anyone help me identify what sentence instruction is given using "named" in this sentence? Is 'named' here an ...
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Passive or Adjective [duplicate]

The first sentence is passive and second is simple past but how can we tell that surprised is participle in first sentence and adjective in second one?. 1.I was surprised by how well the students did ...
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Is “compared to” a verb?

In the following sentence: Our method cannot achieve 100 percent accuracy compared to the DART method due to the imprecise modeling. This sentence appears to have the format of [subject][verb][...
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what does it mean by “used to” in the context below?

CONTEXT: We love life, not because we are "used to living" but because we are "used to loving". As far as I know it is used to state the activity that a person does not do now but used to do in ...
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Can we say [he done] this because he was threatened by the police officer?

He done this because he was threatened by the police officer. I have seen somewhere in a text that an Asian author wrote his statement like above so, I am confused shall we use done like this or we ...
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Beauty risen or beauty rose- which one is correct?

This is a couplet. This is kind of a metaphor I wrote and it's about a girl and it speaks about her beauty. Beauty risen from the darker side of the moon. I see the night clear as you came out ...
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Was Married or Had Married?

I want to say. Couple did marriage on 1 April and after 5 years they taken divorce. How should is say? A) They were married on 1 April 2014 and taken divorce after 5 years. B) They had married on 1 ...
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Why can't we say: “a person getting crossed”?

You say to another "get dressed" (1. You say this when someone asks you what you are doing? "I am getting dressed.") But in the same way, why can't we say "get crossed" (crossing a street)? Edit: ...
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'Statements aren't lies every time' vs 'statements aren't lied every time'?

As per my opinion, it should be statements aren't lied every time not: statements aren't lies every time As per my daily routine, I was reading the news on Yahoo and found out an error, so I ...
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When to use “verb + ed” not for the past but for the future?

I get always confused with the possibility to use verb + ed for the future. The text I'm writing brings the same problem and I'm not sure if I do a mistake if I write: "Once we receive and review ...
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Closed vs was closed

There used to be a hotel near the airport, but it closed a long time ago There used to be a hotel near the airport, but it was closed a long time ago In English Grammar in Use, the first one ...
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Distinguishing past participle and adjective when spelled the same

Past Participles A past participle often ends in -ed, but there are also many irregular past participles. For many verbs, including -ed verbs, the simple past and the past participle are the ...
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Is this correct: “Jon had gotten up early”?

I've decided to start a blog (for the first time). Ah! I forgot to tell why Jon had gotten up early. I've never used the word “gotten” nor have I seen anyone use it, but it seems that my usage of ...
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Basing or Based?

Which one of these two sentences is correct? and why? "Many companies judge students based on their teachers' references" "Many companies judge students basing on their teachers' ...
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“She / he has gone” vs “She / he is gone”

I would like to know do "has / have gone" and "is / are gone" have different meaning? Should I use "has / have gone" with "to" (e.g. "Where has she gone?" or "Where has she gone to?"). If so, what ...
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How to understand this sentence? (… “denied” the more intelligent and mature.)

Actually the grave digger conforms, for the most part, to a third role – that of the proletarian…believed to possess an intuitive wisdom…which could yield insights denied the more intelligent and ...
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Finishing or Having finished

My friend says that "Finishing her homework, she went for a walk." is wrong. She thinks that this sentence implies that she is trying to finish her homework while taking a walk. If the girl went for ...
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find/discover + object + to infinitive / past participle

Examples from Quirk: 1. They found him worn out by travel and exertion. 2. They discovered him worn out by travel and exertion. My remade sentences with "to be": 1a. They found him to be worn out ...
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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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