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Questions about past participle forms of verbs.

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Is the placement of the participial phrase correct here?

I am using a participial phrase to modify the noun. But instead of the more common way of starting the sentence with the participial phrase, I want to use a medial parenthesis: So instead of this ...
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much/very respected

Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage, page 621 reads If we say a much respected politician we stress the process, whereas a very respected politician assesses the effect. What ...
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Irregular Verbs with Compound Predicates

Are both of these sentences acceptable? We had manufactured it but gave it to someone else. We had manufactured it but given it to someone else. Is there a rule that says the past perfect must be ...
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be rid of / get rid of

Finally, I got rid of Karen. / Finally, I was rid of Karen. rid of is a phrasal verb whose direct object is Karen got and was function as copular verbs rid of Karen together is a participle clause (...
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How to explain the tenses in these sentences?

So my Japanese student is having trouble understanding why the following tenses are used and I’m not sure how to explain it. My line manager wants the meeting arranged immediately. Why does that ...
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Past participle of stand

I'm new to this community, I hope the question fits this somewhat. Say we have a sentence: The tree which stands in the garden is beautiful. Now using participle construction this becomes: The ...
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Is the structure of "fraught by villainous scoundrels" acceptable?

I'm writing a poem in which certain stanzas are of the form - The skill has been taught extensively It has been taught by aces; The journey is fraught with perils It (is/will be) ...
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Past participle used as an adjective

I found this "blog" where the point I refer to is fully explained. http://englishharmony.com/past-participle-as-adjective/ Since the moment I read it, I've been wondering if It was already ...
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Past participle (mis)usage?

In this post: Let’s be frank: If Trump had Russian business deals and was lying, he, just like former national security adviser Michael Flynn, would be compromised; the Russians would know what ...
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can we use preposition "by" with past participles used as adjectives to give similar meaning of preposition "by" used with passive voice sentences?

I know that in passive voice sentences, "by" can be used to imply one making the action. For instance, He was attacked by a lion. A lion attacked him so "by" shows the one making ...
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Why are present and past participle are different in some rare case; but I find them similar?

This behaviour is characterised by curled lips, a tilted head and squinting eyes – all of which can look like smiling. In this example could the first phrase tilted head bear the same meaning if it ...
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'Ordered' + object + past participle

Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage, page 852 reads The construction ordered + object + past participle (often expressed in the passive) is first recorded in 1781 in AmE ( These things were ...
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Beloved of somebody

OF 19. By: beloved of the family. https://ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=of What Part of Speech is beloved here then? What's its pronunciation?
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Present participle Vs past participle

Q.My sister was charmed with silk. She bought ten yards. Ans. Being charmed with silk, my sister bought ten yards. Deceived by his friends, he lost all hope. ^this is the example of past participle ...
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Passive and active verbal adjective

guys. Hope you are all in greatest condition. I do know that a verb can serve as an adjective when it is placed before a noun and this verb is either a past participle or a present participle in this ...
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Tireder (comparative form)

According to the CambridgeGEL, page 1583, Participial adjectives take only analytic comparative forms (A marginal exception is tired) What are the reasons leading to this exception?
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Identifying a passive voice usage of a past participle

I read in a Stack Exchange answer that the tip to determine whether a past participle is acting as part of passive voice construction in a particular sentence or not is: If it describes an action ...
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having been participled?

Is anything wrong in this sentence? The enemy, beaten at every point, fled from the field. According to my book it should instead be: The enemy, having been beaten at every point, fled from the ...
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"I am gone far away" vs "I am far away"

I want to ask you a question about the correct usage of "be gone" in the following sentence. I don't understand which sentence is correct and why, especially the grammar. But I'm already gone far ...
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Using past participle vs existent noun form for adjective

There are multiple ways a noun can be described by an adjective by a word that is already an adjective (e.g., big, dark, high, low) by a noun (mushroom house) by a participle (running dogs, painted ...
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Woken or Have woken

Woken up late . I had to take a taxi to attend the first lecture. OR Have woken up late . I had to take a taxi to attend the first lecture. Which one is the correct sentence, please help me guys as ...
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The way the past participle is used in these sentences

First, this is the meaning I am trying to put in writing: She could not tolerate the sight of them as they were being put to death. And I want the progressive aspect to be clear. Which of ...
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“Based on” X, we can say Y?

Based on the evidence available, I’m not sure I can conclude anything. We often say that X is based on Y to mean X is grounded in, or adapted from, Y. But can we use it as above as if it were a sort ...