VERBALS are forms of verbs that function as a noun, an adjective, or an adverb. Although verbals can function as other parts of speech, they retain some of the properties of verbs. When a modifier or complement is used with a verbal, a VERBAL PHRASE is formed.
The first kind of verbal is a PARTICIPLE.
A PARTICIPLE is a verb form that can function as an adjective.
- I found an interesting book in the grade school library.
- Developing countries strive for economic survival.
- The abandoned factory was destroyed during the typhoon.
- A broken line was drawn by the kid.
Participles do not always function as adjectives. They can also function as part of a verb phrase.
- We could have been frightened by the bandit.
- He is walking on a tightrope.
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