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    past participle

    Hello UE users,

    When we give an example or an illustration which give the explanation about something we're talking about we can use past participle like this:

    this a car as shown in the picture

    It's a good film as written on the comments.

    But I don't understand why do we use past participle here?
    Because what I know about past participle is that it is used to express a tense.
    But here it is used to give explanation?
    It may seem strange that I ask this because we encounter these sentences everywhere I know but as everyone knows in these sentences the past participle is not used like a tense.It is used like a NOUN

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    Re: past participle

    Well, I'm not a teacher but here is my comment on that: past participle stands here as a relation of Passive Voice and a relative pronoun, for instance: the car (which is) shown --> Which car? The car shown (the verb be is omitted in that case).

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    Re: past participle

    yes actually that might be the correct answers thank you very much neek93 but I want also other users comment

    My next question is this:do we use past participle in passive voice

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    Re: past participle

    My understanding is this:

    This is a car, as (is) shown in the picture.

    as = a fact that = pronoun

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    Re: past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by egerol1 View Post
    Hello UE users,

    When we give an example or an illustration which give the explanation about something we're talking about we can use past participle like this:

    this a car as shown in the picture

    It's a good film as written on the comments.

    But I don't understand why do we use past participle here?
    Because what I know about past participle is that it is used to express a tense.
    But here it is used to give explanation?
    It may seem strange that I ask this because we encounter these sentences everywhere I know but as everyone knows in these sentences the past participle is not used like a tense.It is used like a NOUN
    I am not a teacher.

    No, it is used as an adjective, maybe. That is one role of the past participle. Some people would say that your sentences are examples of the passive voice with words left out: "a car, as [it is] shown in the picture", making "shown" a verb form. It is often hard to tell whether a participle is a predicate adjective or a passive verb.

    When it is a noun, we call it a gerund (not really a participle at all, though it looks exactly the same). The terminology of English grammar---indeed, the grammar itself---is not standardized.

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    Re: past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolfootluke View Post
    When it is a noun, we call it a gerund (not really a participle at all, though it looks exactly the same). .
    Dont forget, egerol 1, that the gerund ends in -ing.



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    Re: past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolfootluke View Post
    No, it is used as an adjective, maybe.
    As a verb. Past participle in a passive construction.

    This is a car, as (is) shown in the picture.

    as = a fact that = pronoun

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