Thursday, January 15, 2009

Lesson 40: Recognizing a Participle - a Review

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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.

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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.

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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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