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    is participle used as passive voice ?

    Hi everyone, I am a bit confused by the usage of participle here. I have searched many places on the internet but haven't seen much any mentions of using participle as a passive voice. Althought, past participle seem to use the same structure as passive voice but I am not sure when to form a present participle and a past particple. Sometimes I saw people still use present particple when relate an action in the past. So what's is the correct way to use participle accurately.

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    Re: is participle used as passive voice ?

    You should write some sentences to illustrate the problems you're having. We can tell you if they are correct and why.

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    Re: is participle used as passive voice ?

    The third form (past participle) is used in all tenses/aspects of the passive:

    Too many people are killed on the roads.
    My son was killed in an accident last years.
    How many more will be killed before the council does something about that crossing?

    The -ing
    form (present participle) is used in all tenses of the progressive aspect: it can also be used in progressive passive constructions:

    Mary is mowing the lawn.
    Mary was mowing the lawn. when I arrived.
    Mary will be mowing the lawn for the next hour.
    The lawn is being mown. Open the window. I love the spell of freshly cut grass.

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    Re: is participle used as passive voice ?

    Hi all, ok here is a quote from my recently essay

    "On the other hand, I have ethical object to the idea of letting our traditional value died out gradually and taking no action to save it."

    I am not sure if I should use died out or dying out here?

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    Re: is participle used as passive voice ?

    "On the other hand, I have an ethical objection to the idea of letting our traditional values die out gradually and taking no action to save it."

    'taking' is parallel to 'letting'. "An objection to letting ... and taking ..."

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    Re: is participle used as passive voice ?

    OH no, grammartical errors, I already submitted the essay, too bad. Ok now see, I am confused a bit what if I want to use participale here ? And how do I know when to use it correctly.

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    Re: is participle used as passive voice ?

    There are unfortunately many possible patterns, such as :

    I can go.
    I want to go.
    I want him to go.
    I enjoy going to the cinema.
    I look forward to going to the cinema.
    I saw him go into the cinema.
    I saw him going into the cinema
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    You just have to try to remember each structure as you encounter it.

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    Re: is participle used as passive voice ?

    Hi Piscean

    Thank you for pointing this out, I think I am familiar with these pattern since I encounter them a lot in speaking more than writing. But I am just trying to figure out when should I use a participal ( don't get me wrong, I know the function of participle phrase ). As in the example I gave above, how should I write if I want to use participle in that sentence.

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    Re: is participle used as passive voice ?

    You can't use a participle after 'let'. You could change it slightly and use 'watch', which can be followed by a direct object and an -ing form or a bare infinitive.

    On the other hand, I have an ethical objection to the idea of (standing by and) watching our traditional values die/dying out ...

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    Re: is participle used as passive voice ?

    does it only happen with "let" or there are others exception ? I sweared I had read almost all the top articles about this parcipale on google but I still haven't get through it yet. Maybe if you know any good related articles about this you can send it to me because the more you explain the more I get confused. sorry :P

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