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    #1

    burned is the past tense of the verb “burn"

    Studying a participle phrase material, I found the underlined. Is it right that "burned" is the past tense, not a past participle? The writer is also saying "burnt" is not a participle. Yes, "burnt" sounds an adject, but "burned" is a past participle in this context. I don't know what s/he is trying to say.

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    The young woman, sobbing, went home.
    The burned house was in pieces.
    To be sure that you don’t get confused, circle the verb in each sentence.
    Note: A participle is a verb form that is acting as an adjective. In the above example, burned is the past tense of the verb “burn.” If the sentence read: The burnt house was in pieces, burnt would not be a participial, as it is not a verb form. A good rule is to look for a verb suffix: ed, ing, s, es, etc.

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    #2

    Re: burned is the past tense of the verb “burn"

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Studying a participle phrase material, I found the underlined. Is it right that "burned" is the past tense, not a past participle? The writer is also saying "burnt" is not a participle. Yes, "burnt" sounds an adject, but "burned" is a past participle in this context. I don't know what s/he is trying to say.

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    The young woman, sobbing, went home.
    The burned house was in pieces.
    To be sure that you don’t get confused, circle the verb in each sentence.
    Note: A participle is a verb form that is acting as an adjective. In the above example, burned is the past tense of the verb “burn.” If the sentence read: The burnt house was in pieces, burnt would not be a participial, as it is not a verb form. A good rule is to look for a verb suffix: ed, ing, s, es, etc.
    Both "burned" and "burnt" are correct as the past and past participle of "burn".

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    #3

    Re: burned is the past tense of the verb “burn"

    A good rule is to ignore text books that misuse the word 'participial'.

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    #4

    Re: burned is the past tense of the verb “burn"

    Where did you get it?

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    #5

    Re: burned is the past tense of the verb “burn"

    It's from here, and I doubt if this is worthy of teaching to students.
    If the "burnt" in "The burnt house was in pieces" is also a participle, the explanation is wrong, but other parts of the file are worth learning, I guess.

    http://blogs.spsk12.net/6948/files/2012/01/Participial-Phrase-Overview.pdf

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    #6

    Re: burned is the past tense of the verb “burn"

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    It's from here, and I doubt if this is worthy of teaching to students.
    If the "burnt" in "The burnt house was in pieces" is also a participle, the explanation is wrong, but other parts of the file are worth learning, I guess.

    http://blogs.spsk12.net/6948/files/2012/01/Participial-Phrase-Overview.pdf
    I see.
    I think I'll see what other teachers have to say about this, but "burnt/burned" in that sentence is obviously the past participle of "burn", which modifies the noun "house". That is to say, it functions like an adjective.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 16-Jul-2012 at 17:27.

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    #7

    Re: burned is the past tense of the verb “burn"

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    It's from here, and I doubt if this is worthy of teaching to students.
    If the "burnt" in "The burnt house was in pieces" is also a participle, the explanation is wrong, but other parts of the file are worth learning, I guess.

    http://blogs.spsk12.net/6948/files/2012/01/Participial-Phrase-Overview.pdf
    Who wrote that?

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    #8

    Re: burned is the past tense of the verb “burn"

    The key's in the URL. In the blogosphere anything goes (and it often does).

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    #9

    Re: burned is the past tense of the verb “burn"

    If someone could recommend a better material about "participial phrase", it would be highly appreciated.

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