The last two months we’ve looked at verb forms, and more specifically, gerunds and infinitives. Another part of verb forms to focus on is past participles.
How do you form a past participle?
When do you use a past participle? There are four common uses:
Sometimes both the past participle (-ed) and the -ing forms can function as adjectives. However, each form has a different meaning. The past participle adjective (-ed) refers to a person while the -ing adjective refers to a thing. For example,
Revision Tip: Look back through your most recent draft of your capstone document and check for correct past participle usage. If you are not sure, look up the phrase including the past participle in a corpus; see the SMRTguide on Using a Corpus to Review for Grammar and Scholarly Voice. Make revisions as needed.