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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Past tense and past perfect in essays?

I'm writing an essay (fiction) in past tense. He went. She slept. I said. etc. How do I correctly express activity before the time of action ? He went home. But before that he had eaten a sandwich. ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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Embarrassing or Embarrassed which is more suitable? is + verb (ing) or is + verb (ed)

Paragraph : 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 ...
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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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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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“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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“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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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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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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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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