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    participles as adjectives

    Choose:
    The .......... event did not occur.
    A. expect
    B. expecting
    C. expected

    I'll go for "EXPECTED." because "the event was expected (by members)."
    but then this was questioned why it can't be "expecting" since the EVENT was the "CAUSE," as "present participle adjectives" are used when a person or a thing is responsible for doing an action or causing a feeling while "past participle adjectives" are "RECEIVER" while being used to describe a person or a thing receives an action or feeling.

    examples: (1)
    frightening movie / frightened moviegoers
    shocking news / shocked listeners ...etc
    examples: (2)
    "That's an amazing story." instead of "That's an amazed story."

    Can you help me out and why it can't be "expecting?"

    Thank you so much!!
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    Re: participles as adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by esthercanadas View Post
    Choose:
    The .......... event did not occur.
    A. expect
    B. expecting
    C. expected

    I'll go for "EXPECTED." because "the event was expected (by members)."
    but then this was questioned why it can't be "expecting" since the EVENT was the "CAUSE," as "present participle adjectives" are used when a person or a thing is responsible for doing an action or causing a feeling while "past participle adjectives" are "RECEIVER" while being used to describe a person or a thing receives an action or feeling.

    examples: (1)
    frightening movie / frightened moviegoers
    shocking news / shocked listeners ...etc
    examples: (2)
    "That's an amazing story." instead of "That's an amazed story."

    Can you help me out and why it can't be "expecting?"

    Thank you so much!!
    It has to be "expected". Your other examples aren't analogous.
    Movies can frighten, news can shock, and stories can amaze. But events can't expect.
    So you can't have an expecting event.

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