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past participle

noun

Simple Definition of past participle

  • grammar : the form of the verb that is used with “have” in perfect tenses and with “be” in passive constructions

Full Definition of past participle

  1. :  a participle that typically expresses completed action, that is traditionally one of the principal parts of the verb, and that is traditionally used in English in the formation of perfect tenses in the active voice and of all tenses in the passive voice

Examples of past participle

  1. The verbs thrown in the ball has been thrown and raised in many hands were raised are past participles.



1798

First Known Use of past participle

1798


PAST PARTICIPLE Defined for Kids

past participle

noun

Definition of past participle

  1. :  a word that expresses completed action and is one of the principal parts of a verb <The words “raised” in “many hands were raised” and “thrown” in “the ball has been thrown” are past participles.>




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