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participle Line breaks: par¦ti|ciple
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːtɪsɪp(ə)l/

Definition of participle in English:


A word formed from a verb (e.g. going, gone, being, been) and used as an adjective (e.g. working woman, burnt toast) or a noun (e.g. good breeding). In English participles are also used to make compound verb forms (e.g. is going, has been). Compare with gerund.
Example sentences
  • Intransitive, transitive, causative forms, past and non-past tenses (there was no future tense in Old Tamil), participal and verbal nouns, adjectival participles and the infinitive are found in the language of the inscriptions.
  • Moreover, nouns express sorts of things, verbs and participles are tensed, pronouns are either demonstrative or relative.
  • The end of the previous sentence itself contains an absolute clause with the participle being as its verb.


Pronunciation: /pɑːtɪˈsɪpɪəl/
Example sentences
  • I think there is a tension between the participial and noun forms worth exploring-for the terms determine how teachers and students alike encounter the phenomenon of writing.
  • Likewise, the participial suffix ‘ado’ is often changed by Puerto Ricans.
  • The construction is the same - a participial phrase introduces the story, the spin commences before the news arrives - but the similarities end there.
Pronunciation: /pɑːtɪˈsɪpɪəli/


Late Middle English: from Old French, by-form of participe, from Latin participium '(verbal form) sharing (the functions of a noun)', from participare 'share in'.

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