The vase didn't look like I wanted it to.

That is the sentence. My teacher said there is a participle, but I can't identify one.


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  • That is a cutie! – Hot Licks Sep 22 '17 at 3:35
  • Your teacher is wrong. There is no participle present. "Wanted" is not a participle, but a past tense form. – BillJ Sep 22 '17 at 8:52
  • The past participle forms are used to form perfect tenses and passive verb forms. – Archie Azares Sep 25 '17 at 1:27
  • @ArchieAzares The example is neither a perfect nor passive construction, but simple past tense where "wanted" is not a past participle, but the past tense form. – BillJ Sep 25 '17 at 7:18
  • It would be interesting to learn what the teacher thought the participle was in this sentence, and how they tried to explain that. – oerkelens Nov 21 '17 at 7:22

The participle here would be the word "wanted"

As we all knew, there are two varieties of participle, present and past.

For the reference kindly check this link

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  • Ok, I really appreciate the help, but I am unsure how to diagram the sentence too. – ESLM Sep 22 '17 at 3:38
  • what do you mean by how to diagram the sentence? – Archie Azares Sep 22 '17 at 5:13
  • "Wanted" is a past tense form in the OP's example, not a past participle. – BillJ Sep 22 '17 at 8:21
  • On the link it was said that "Past participles are forms like wanted, broken, started, begun etc. Some verbs have the same past simple and past participle forms. " – Archie Azares Sep 25 '17 at 1:21
  • It's like you're saying there is no participle in the sentence "You are fired." . – Archie Azares Sep 25 '17 at 1:23

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