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    Present participle

    England batsman trot has retired from international cricket with immediate effect after a disappointing tour of the west Indies(WI), the 34 year old said on Monday.


    Can I use a disappointed above without changing the construction of sentence? I want to understand why can't we use disappointed, as per my understanding it relates to past (after tour of WI) and also "a" is not preposition so we are not required to use gerund.


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    A tour can't be disappointed. It is a human emotion. It is a feeling. The people involved in it (and probably the spectators) were disappointed. That means that the people were disappointed but the tour was disappointing. It did not make them happy.

    "Disappointed" is an adjective if you use it to describe a noun.

    I am very disappointed.
    I was very disappointed.
    I will be very disappointed.
    I am a very disappointed girl.
    He was a very disappointed boy.
    They will be very disappointed people.

    (As you can see, it doesn't matter what tense is used, the word "disappointed" remains the same as an adjective.)

    I disappointed my brother.
    I disappoint my mother every day.
    I will disappoint my sister if I don't buy her some expensive shoes.

    (Above, "to disappoint" is a verb and changes its ending depending on the tense.)

    It was a disappointing film.
    I ate a very disappointing meal last night.
    He found the party manifesto very disappointing.

    ("Disappointing" above is an adjective, used in the same way as it was with "tour" in your original.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Present participle

    Note: the batsman's name is Trott.

    A better title would have been disappointing/disappointed.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'



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    Re: Present participle

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Note: the batsman's name is Trott.
    And now he's trotted off.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Present participle

    Many thanks for detailed clarification.

    1. May I say that disappointing is used as a present participle?

    2. I am very disappointed. In this sentence am is used as a main verb.

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    Re: Present participle

    In this context, both 'disappointing' and 'disappointed' are adjectives.

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    Re: Present participle

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    And now he's trotted off.
    Did he have the runs?

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    Not enough; that''s why he's gone.

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