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

Participle Phrases

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.
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