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    Default past participle as gerund

    In the phrases 'without the consent of the governed' is the word 'governed' a past participle used as a gerund?

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    Default Re: past participle as gerund

    No.

    One of the features of a gerund is that it is a form ending in -ing.
    One of the features of a past participle (third form) is that it never ends in -ing.

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    Default Re: past participle as gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by Wood5440 View Post
    In the phrases 'without the consent of the governed' is the word 'governed' a past participle used as a gerund?
    Hello, Wood5440.

    Please see here: gerund - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com

    I agree that the word 'governed' in your phrase is a past participle.
    'without the consent of the governed (people)' - 'people' is omitted here.

    I hope it will shed some light on your query.

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    Default Re: past participle as gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by Wood5440 View Post
    In the phrases 'without the consent of the governed' is the word 'governed' a past participle used as a gerund?
    "Governed" is an adjective being used as a noun here. This is very common for groups of people: the rich, the poor, etc.

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