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    they do not seem to be participles, are they?

    Hello everybody,
    I was just wondering whether the teacher who prepared his class test made a mistake.
    He described the following exercises as follows:

    Grammar: Participles
    1. complete the following sentences by using the correct participles.

    a. Bill is very.........in the movie. Especially Arnold Schwarzenneger is very.........in this role (interest)
    Well, what he wants is interested for the first gap and interesting for the second.

    But are these participles at all? Aren't they just adjectives?
    Thanks

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    Re: they do not seem to be participles, are they?

    No, they are the past and present participles of 'interest', used here as adjectives. They not "just adjectives".

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    Re: they do not seem to be participles, are they?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, they are the past and present participles of 'interest', used here as adjectives. They not "just adjectives".

    1. interested, it describes the character himself/herself was funny?

    2.interesting, it describes the things are funny?

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    Re: they do not seem to be participles, are they?

    The participles of "interest" have nothing to do with "funny". Please consult some dictionaries.

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    Re: they do not seem to be participles, are they?

    so,are they participles or not?

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    Re: they do not seem to be participles, are they?

    Here are some examples from http://www.italian-online.de/grammar...o_presente.htm with examples you might find easier to understand:
    la donna cantante = the singing woman
    l' uomo parlante = the talking man
    la donna andante = the walking woman
    l' uomo morente = the dying man

    One may believe that the participio presente can be used in Italian as an adjective because at least in theory it can be inflected, can therefore match in gender and number with the noun it refers to, what which is the condition to be used as an attribute. That's true in theory, but not in practice because the formation of the participio presente is not a productive system any more, in other words, it is not possible to form the participio presente from any verb.

    That's for Italian only. It's not expressed well, but it says that these are considered simple adjectives in Italian.
    In English, these types of words are still present participles, and they can be used as adjectives - as they are in the translation.
    In Italian it seems you can't say "La donna cantante" = "The woman is singing." In English you can. The same applies for past participles. These words are participles used as adjectives.

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    Re: they do not seem to be participles, are they?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Meraviglioso:

    I just wanted to very respectfully remind you that the tag question in your title should be:

    "They do not seem to be participles, do they?"

    I have noticed that many learners use the verb "be" when it is not appropriate.

    Compare: "They are not participles, are they?"


    James

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