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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.
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.
A good rule is to ignore text books that misuse the word 'participial'.
Where did you get it?
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.
Last edited by tzfujimino; 16-Jul-2012 at 17:27.
The key's in the URL. In the blogosphere anything goes (and it often does).
If someone could recommend a better material about "participial phrase", it would be highly appreciated.