Definition of past participle in English:

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past participle

Pronunciation:

noun

Grammar
The form of a verb, typically ending in -ed in English, which is used in forming perfect and passive tenses and sometimes as an adjective, e.g. looked in have you looked?, lost in lost property.
Example sentences
  • You know,’ he begins with a wry smile, ‘when I asked my English teacher the past participle of the verb to tear, she hesitated, then promised to look it up for me.’
  • Moreover, shut, in slam the door shut, might well be regarded as derived from the past participle of the verb shut.
  • The same is true of an adjective distinguished from a past participle: an agèd man as opposed to aged 30; a learnèd professor as opposed to learned English quickly.

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