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What is the difference between: “being+adjective” and “being+past participle”?

I've been told that being+past participle is tenseless. Even if it's tenseless, there must be some rules for it too. Does it convey the reason for an action, or does it mean that one action is ...
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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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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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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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Usage of “was being + past participle”

"At last, he was being given a chance to participate in the actual workings of government itself" - Is it the passive voice of the past continuous? Why it's being used? Can one say - "...he was given....
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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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'I feel like bread baked in an oven.' is this sentence correct?

I am in a very hot room, or I was in a very hot room, so I got scalded. In this case: a. I feel like bread baking in an oven. b. I feel like bread baked in an oven. Are both of these sentence ...
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Correct form of the irregular verb in this context

Have you ever eaten that steak? (Correct I assume) Normally I guess people would say "Have you had that steak" or "Have you had that juice?" And I'm inclined to think that the verb to be used is the ...
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What's the difference between using “past participle” and “passive present participle” for describing a reason?

What's the difference between the two sentences? Being built atop lxml, Scrapy also supports xxxxx. Built atop lxml, Scrapy also supports xxxxx. Scrapy is a computer software and it's built ...
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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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Which form of verb (2nd or 3rd) is in these two sentences?

It is the most trusted company It is a branded shirt Do these two sentences use the past or past participle? Which form of verb is there? I often come across similar sentences in my life where ...
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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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Can anyone help me about this phrase: “had I not + V_pII/V_ed”?

I'm learning English, but my English is very bad. I have a question about this sentence: The principal approached me and asked me that why had I not brought the book? When I translate the sentence I ...
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Understanding the past participle “been”

I am sometimes confused about the past participle "been". It is used for duration and for other purpose which I don't know. So, my question is about the uses of "been". I can't judge whether the "...
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Why it's like this?

North of the Pyrenees Mountains, the natterjack toad offers a good example of hibernation, passing the winter dug deep into sandy ground. I expect this sentence to be like this: North of the ...
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I am confused about the past participle

I want to know what type of sentence the sentence below is and why we use two past participles in it.I took this sentence from a chemistry book; chemistry is my subject. 1) Concentration of CO2 and ...
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had something (cleaned or clean)?

He had the robot cleaned the house. I wanna know whether this sentence has any error for following meaning : He ordered the robot to stop on its operation. As following two have meaning like in the ...
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Regarding usage of 'are' with 3rd form of verb along with specific time

Let us suppose I am talking to a thief who steals cars daily. I ask him Yo!, at what time do you steal cars? To which he replies Cars are stolen at 1 am. Now I think that the sentence is ...
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Question regarding present perfect

I want to know if these sentences means he is still a teacher or not. Here, is been being used as a past participle? He has been a teacher. He has been a plumber.
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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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'I saw the fallen tree.' and ' I saw the tree fallen.'

I asked a question about the difference between the sentences below a few days ago: 1) I comforted a crying kid. 2) I comforted a kid crying. My question was: "is there any difference of the two ...
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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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Verb 'travel' and adverbial noun

Phrases We traveled 60 miles. 'Distance traveled by light' He worked nine hours. 'Hours worked by employees' Q1. In Oxford dictionary, phrases representing distance following the verb travel are ...
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Can this sentence be recent past?

I have been doing this. I have got a letter. Can the sentence above be recent past of the past participle?
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When Past tense and past participle adjective in a sentence

I've learnt that past perfect tense should be used when an action had happened before another action in the past. For example, I had took the introduced class before I registered the advanced class. ...
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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 ...
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Past participle of “let <object> <verb>”

The situation is where the phrase "let " is being used after "have", such that it is being used as a past participle. Such as: I should have let her know I should have let her known or You ...
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What difference would it make if one chose not to use the past participle in the given sentence?

I had waited a minute or two after having sent you the text, and since you took over 5 minutes to respond, I went offline. I waited a minute or two after having sent you the text, and since you ...
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Help with verbs following 'hasn't'

I know that the verb following has or have must be in past participle. But why did Google say that the following sentence is correct: "He hasn't texted me in 2 days." Can someone explain to me why it'...
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Shouting/ shouted with happiness, William celebrated his chance to interview

As I was studying on participles I came across the following sentence. Shouting with happiness, William celebrated his chance to interview at SunTrust. I know the participle phrase in the sentence ...
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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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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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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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I woke up panicked/panicking, because I'd had a nightmare

Which of the two participial adjectives works here? I woke up panicked, because I'd had a nightmare. I woke up panicking, because I'd had a nightmare. If you have a nightmare, you start to ...
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There are some threads that once pulled unraveled/unravel the whole sweater

Sentence <1> is from oxforddictionaries.com, which I think is incorrect, the correct sentence according to me is <2> 1> There are some threads that once pulled unraveled the whole sweater. 2> ...
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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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“vanquished” as a noun

Excerpted from chronicle.com: Plato gave arguments for why Greeks, under the pressures of war, couldn’t treat other Greeks in abominable ways, pillaging and razing their cities and taking the ...
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Can verbs become adjectives in sentences like “A _considered_ weakness for job A might actually be a strength for job B”?

This question is very important to me and I really want an answer. I am wondering whether verbs like the ones in the following examples can be adjectives and placed before nouns. Please tell me ...
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Would rather and than

The sentence I would rather walk than take the bus refers to the present-future. Which of the following sentences, that refer to the past, is the correct one? I would rather have walked than ...
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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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How to use past participle to start an adverbial clause?

I am confused about whether the following sentence is a conventional way to form an adverbial clause. Discussed many times, the problem was settled at last. The question is whether this sentence ...
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Had sent/ sent… which one's better, and why?

I was overwhelmed with joy when i read the texts you had sent me. I was overwhelmed with joy when i read the texts you sent me. Are both the above sentences grammatically correct? What's the ...
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Did you enjoy vs Did you enjoyed [duplicate]

Did you enjoy the snow?** Did you enjoyed the snow?** What is the difference between these two sentences? For example, today it was snowing, so if I want to ask someone whether they enjoyed it, ...
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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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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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'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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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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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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“Do you know that they gave their wedding guests love spoons with their initials CARVING on them?” in this sentence 'carving' is right?

"Do you know that they gave their wedding guests love spoons with their initials carving on them?" in this sentence is 'carving' right in grammar? In this sentence I(non-native speaker) think '...
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A book (writing, written) in haste may well have a lot of mistake

A book (writing, written) in haste may well have a lot of mistake. What is the answer? (I don't know which one is correct now.) Most of us (non-native speaker) say 'written' is correct(the book (...