the participle and participial phrase
participle. A participle is a type of verbal, a word that is formed from
a verb, but functions as another part of speech. Common endings for
participles are -ing (reading), -ed (returned), -en (broken), -d (said),
-t (lent), and -n (woven).
Each italicized word in these sentences is a participle.
Momís puzzling answer confused us.
These squandered opportunities will not come again soon.
This forgotten soldier will be honored by the townspeople
The paid workers were happy with their salaries.
Steveís unsent messages were still stored in his computer.
A driven athlete will push herself to the limit.
➲ A participial phrase consists of the participle, its modifiers, and other
words needed to complete the idea begun by the participle. This type of
phrase generally follows immediately after or right before the noun
The participial phrase is underlined in each sentence.
Leaving the press conference, the politician felt confident about
A memo sent to all the employees was well received.
The teacherís best lesson delivered to his eighth graders dealt with
My dadís present, bought by his sisters, was a gold watch.
Acclaimed by many critics as the yearís best movie, The Sound of
Music won many awards.
The Sound of Music, acclaimed by many critics as the yearís
best movie, won many awards.
My Account / Test History
Note: For boys, the period between 14-17 approximately (slightly younger for girls) is called adolescence, i.e. you are an adolescent. In law you are an adult at the age of 18, but many people think of you as an adult when you leave school.
Childhood and adolescence
Sam (on the right) was born in Scotland but when he was two, his father got a new job in London and he grew up in the south of England He went to university at 18 where he ...
... where he met Anthea. He went out with her (= she was his girlfriend; he was her boyfriend) for three years, but towards the end they had lots of rows (= arguments) and they split up (= broke up / separated). In his mid twenties ...
... in his mid twenties he met Maureen. They fell in love and got married within six months.
A year later she got pregnant and they had their first child, a boy. As you can see, she is now expecting their second child (to be pregnant = to be expecting a baby). But sadly Sam met another woman and he left Maureen two months ago to live with the other woman.