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Participle Adjectives / Participial adjectives


Participles

A participle is a word that may function as a verb or as adjective. It can be used in verb tenses or as a modifier.

Present participle

The present participle ends in -ing form.

Examples:

  • playing
  • visiting
  • working

Past participle

The past participle ends in -ed if it is a regular verb. However it may end differently if it is irregular. See the list of irregular verbs.

Examples:

  • painted
  • deceived
  • burnt

Adjectival participle

Adjectival participles are used like adjectives. They are derived from verbs and contrast with verbal participles, which are considered to be forms of verbs rather than adjectives.

Examples:

  • a very frightening experience.
  • a very interesting book.
  • a working mother
  • a nicely written article.
  • a completely burnt house.
  • a newly painted room.

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