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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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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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“Mrs. Jones going to New York” vs “Mrs. Jones gone to New York”

I am giving two sentences below. Please get me clear. I am confused. Mrs. Jones went to the New York. Mr. Smith took up her position. This is the context. If I join the two sentences ...
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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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How to differentiate between an adjective and past participal?

See these examples of 'settled' as an adjective and participle Children are settled now in new school.(adjective) Children are settled by the teacher in the bus.(participle) Now all my friends are ...
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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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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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passive Gerunds to express likes or dislikes

I've read these sentences in my grammar book. And it says "we use I like ... and I don't like+gerund/noun". Example sentences are: I like being obeyed by my students. I don't like being ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“be made of gold”

Our houses have made of gold [Present Perfect tense] Our houses were made of gold [Past Simple tense] Our houses are made of gold I don’t understand why some people prefer to use are + past ...
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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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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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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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The “arrived” train

There is no adjective "arrived" in English. Only compound constructions are possible: the recently-arrived train, the just-arrived train. Is there an adjective/past participle which might be a ...
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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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“(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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“His TVs are broken” is a routine action in a passive voice form or a state of the verb “to be”?

We all know that simple present tense shows Repeated Actions such as a habit, a hobby, a daily event, a scheduled event or something that often happens (Source) Eg: I play tennis. We also know that ...
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Using “no longer” with future events: simple, progressive, or passive?

Which of the following sentences is correct? Simple: You will no longer work your Friday shift. Progressive: You will be no longer working your Friday shift. Passive: You will no longer be worked ...
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If gone in “has been gone” is an adjective, how do I know that dispatched in “has been dispatched” is a past participle?

What structure is this sentence is? He has been gone four hours now. If 'gone' is an adjective and the sentence is in present perfect, then how will I know that 'gone' is an adjective. For ...