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Is there a simple way to learn how to use participles properly? ...

Posted by Lidório Fogaça on 1 year ago


Reading a lot of various literature helps, I suppose, as you train your visual memory, and it becomes easier to identify the rule then, when you build the sentences on your own. And of course, the usual tips and rules remain appropriate and effective.

Answered by msage982  on Mar 12, 2018
Fortunately, there is. A participle is a verb used to describe a noun, but not in terms of quality (like adjectives do) but in terms of what this noun is doing. For this purpose, you need to follow the scheme: verb + -ing + noun. Or this one: a noun (+ that/which/who is/are, if needed) + verb + -ing. This is for forming a participle in present tense. As for a past participle, the schemes are the same--you just need to substitute -ing with one of the endings used in the past forms of the verbs (like -ed, -en, and so on). Here are some examples that might help you understand participles better:
- The sun shining bright on this winter day made me feel a bit better.
- That girl flirting with a customer is our waitress.
- A person spending time studying has more chances to make a good living rather than the one striving to live in leisure.
Answered by ProfTutor199  on Jun 10, 2016
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