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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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ED endings: identifying Adjectives or Verb Past Participles

I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around this. In the passive voice, we could see sentences like these:    "The car is heated."    "His spirits are lifted."    ...
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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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“(since they had been) created in order to”: why can an apposition replace a phrase with “since”?

The three of them, that is, The Three Caballeros, the Big Wave Riders, namely Chris, John, and Sky, aliases that act not as nicknames but rather as pseudonyms, created in order to reinvent themselves ...
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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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Present tense passive (The moon is made of the same material as earth.)

The moon is made of the same material as earth. I got this sentence from a grammar book as an example of present tense. However, the past participle made is confusing to me. Is this also an example ...
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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“Testing complete” vs “Testing is completed”

Consider these two ways of saying something: Testing complete. Testing is completed. This is just an example. I want to understand any differences between the two constructions “ᴠᴇʀʙɪɴɢ ᴀᴅᴊᴇᴄᴛɪᴠᴇ” ...
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Have been and Had been ,excluding present perfect continuous and past perfect continuous

Good Morning, We use the verb had and the past participle for the past perfect and The past perfect continuous is formed with had been and the -ing form of the verb: When Mel died he and Jenifer ...
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He continued watching until I had driven off in my car

In this sentence "He continued watching until I had driven off in my car." drive off is obviously preceded to continue watching, why drive off is in past participle tense though?
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Why Past Participles & Adjectives are in past form even though they are referring to present/Current situation?

It is confusing me mainly for verbs. I learned that when we add -ed at the end of the verb the verb become past tense. Some verbs can also be used as adjectives. So it is confusing whether Verb is ...
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I felt 'disgust' versus 'I felt disgusted'

Have you ever felt disgust at 'being more sociable' or 'having right connections' beating the merit? I wrote the above sentence but the Grammarly is showing this sentence to be wrong. It asks to ...
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“Device got hanged” or “Device got hung”

If i have to report an event that took place earlier, what is better to report, "The device got hung" or "The device got hanged"? The current status of the event is unknown; it is still happening or ...
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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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I would like to know if I should use “ran” or “run”

I would like to post in my students play yard, "Only go down the slides, they were not designed to be run/ran up and if this action continues they will break".
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spend the day bent/ bending over something

It's shown in OALD that spend something doing something spend something in doing something Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary 9th edition © Oxford University Press, 2015 However, I've come ...
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Question regarding Past Participle

I still can't fully understand the usage of past participle. I wonder which one of the following sentences is grammatically correct and if both are correct, what differences would there be. As he ...
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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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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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Is this a participial phrase?

I picked the one that was immersed in water. I liked the one that was painted yellow. Are these examples of participial phrases acting as predicate adjectives?
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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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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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past participle vs past simple

I am having massive difficulty in trying to decipher if the following sentence whether is a past participle in the passive voice or past simple in the passive voice? The woman was robbed yesterday.
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Which of the following would be the correct word use?

Which sentence would be correct? Discussion around the possibility of them both being correct? The washer is broke. OR The washer is broken.
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sentence construction after preposition, such as “due to”, “because of”

Are the following sentences wrong? When I read them, I can't sense any wrong and all the same. Would you mind explaining their reasons if a wrong exists? The official was on leave yesterday owing to ...
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Usage of participles

she went out dissapointed Vs She went out dissapointedly. What is the difference in meaning of these two sentences
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felt with past participle

We say “I felt honored to have won such a prestigious award.” In the first sentence, we use felt+past participle form. Why we use past participle form? is it any rule like be+past participle?
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What is the parts of speech of these words?

On 20 July 1969, Apollo 11 was 𝙩𝙝𝙚 first manned mission to land on the Moon.There were also 𝒏𝒖𝒎𝒆𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒖𝒏𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒆𝒅 landings. I want to know the parts of speech of these bold words.
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Past participle followed by past simple/perfect

I've quite a specific question regarding participle clauses. I recently wrote: "Having painted what he bothered, John began packing his brushes." Or should it be: "Having painted what he had ...
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What is the meaning of “worn” in “There was a little path worn”

Meaning of "worn" in the context below So quiet did it seem and so lonely, that almost one might think that nothing but the wild red deer, or his fierce enemy the slinking wolf, had ever walked ...
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to-infinitive or past participle

I want to know the grammar case of these sentences He canceled that order minutes before it was to happen. He canceled that order minutes before it was happened. Why in first sentence "to ...
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I am afraid I have got no money [duplicate]

I am just wondering that sentence mean present tense. I am afraid I have got no money. If it is a present tense, why that writer use "have got"?
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is “end” the old-fashion past participle as en in taken?

I have noticed the shape of dividend, augend, mimuend. Is end the old-fashioned past participle as en in taken? I looked it up in Oxford Orgin late 15th cent. (in the general sense ‘portion, ...
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Can past participial phrases be used to express adjectives?

Feasts, by means of structure and ritual, deliberately use the powerful connotations of food to recall origins and earlier times. They also attempt to be events in themselves unforgettable, in order ...
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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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Past particle vs being past participle in passive sentence

What is the part of of speech of "done" in the sentence below. I think it was "are being done" but we've just contracted it. I want to know why and how I can make such sentences. "Robots will be ...
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You will be fine

I have a doubt on this sentence You will be fine. I want to know what kind of sentence is this? As per my research, it is not a sentence in the future continuous form, although it uses, will be It ...
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What exactly *Verb + Ed* describes in English Sentences?

Can we summarize the various uses of Verb+ed in the English sentence, as it is used to describe completed actions in Present, Past and future, Whether verb+ed is used as past tense or past participle. ...
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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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What is the meaning of Past participle in English sentence?

What is the meaning of past participle verb in the English sentences. a) Does it mean past action? I have/had seen that movie. (Movie was seen in the past) b) Does it mean completed action? This ...
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Which is the understood subject of “Rejoicing.”

Garbo plays the role of the queen, rejoicing in the love she has found with Antonio. I understand that present participle has an understood subject. So in this case, which one is it? source: https://...
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is + past participle vs. has been + past participle?

What is the difference between these two sentences? After the source code is deployed, please check if there are any bugs. After the source code has been deployed, please check if there are ...

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