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  1. Unregistered
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    Post correct usage?

    Hello--

    I have a simple question. I'm putting something on a web site and need to know if my usage of this past participle is correct. All I am writing is the following:

    Format: Instructor Led

    OR, should it read:

    Format: Instructor Lead

    Thank you.

  2. Junior Member
    English Teacher

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
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    Re: correct usage?

    Hi

    The correct form should be "Instructor Led" (or perhaps "Instructor-Led" with a hyphen).

    The reason is that this phrase is actually an adjective modifying the noun "format". You can more easily imagine this if you turn the words into a sentence:

    The format is instructor led. or
    This course has an instructor-led format.

    Because this phrase is an adjective, "led", which is the past participle form of "lead", is required because the past participle form of a verb can function as an adjective, but the bare infinitive form cannot.

    I hope this is clear.

    P.S. If you want a challenge, what are the "rules" for using hyphens in compound adjectives like this?

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