Questions tagged [past-participles]

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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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“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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Grammar of “supposed to”: part of speech / word class, active or passive?

If I say I'm supposed to go. Is supposed to here an adjective in a passive construction?
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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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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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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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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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'Something is arrived' - is this use of a participle as an adjective acceptable?

As I know, intransitive verb can't be used in passive voice. Arrive is an intransitive verb. I wonder if "be +arrived" is still understandable and available? Something will be arriving ...
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What role does this past-participle take?

Someone standing outside the Great Hall might well have thought some sort of explosion had taken place, so loud was the noise that erupted from the Gryffindor table. Harry, Ron, and Hermione stood ...
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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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Are the highlighted past participles acting as adjectives or passive voice in these examples?

The park was covered with snow. Mr. Smith is known to everyone in this town. The legislator participates in the delegation and is involved in sweeping reforms. English is spoken in the ...
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Can I say: I have not gone to the cinema for a long time

Joe asks me: "Do you often go to the cinema?" I reply: "No, I have not been to the cinema for a long time" This is correct. But can I say: "I have not gone to the cinema for a long time"
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Having+past participle as a gerund

I've read that 'having+past participle' is used in the perfect participle. Now I'm confused to have found the following sentences written in a grammar book(which isn't available in internet) and in ...
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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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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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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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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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What part of speech is “born”?

I was born in 1980. What part of speech is "born"? verb? past participle? It can be a past participle as in " I was seen ." It can be verb as in " It was pulled by a car ."
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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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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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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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“The shop opened by” vs “The shop was opened by”

Are these statements correct? and What are the tenses of the following sentences? The shop opened ... while the shop opened by James Booth and taken over by Arthur Simpson in 1909 has long gone. ...
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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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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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Omiting relative pronouns

I've been confused with the relative pronouns. I bring the following examples and the result after removing relative pronouns? Are they correct? 1a. This is the window which has been broken by me. ...
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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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Should I use part participle form of every verb that follow “would have”?

I wrote a sentence on my own jokingly. How cool would it be, if I could have infiltrated the Kremlin, steal the Tsar's throne and return to my peaceful home unharmed Regarding that sentence my ...
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Used to or past simple?

Are these sentences both right ? : Did you used to visit her ? and Did you visit her ?
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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 ...