A participle is a non-finite verb that can be used as an adjective.
The two types of participle are the present participle (ending ing) and the past participle (ending ed, -d, -t, -en, or -n).
Participles can appear as standalone words or as participle phrases.
Examples of Participles
Participles are commonly found in participle phrases.
These are phrases that also act as an adjective.
- The girl wearing the scarf is my sister.
- The word ‘wearing’ is the verb, and the participle phrase describes the sister.
- Winded by the impact, Harry gathered his breath.
- ‘Winded’ is the verb, and the act of being winded describes Harry.