Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    mrmvp is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • United Arab Emirates
      • Current Location:
      • United Arab Emirates
    Join Date
    Jul 2017
    Posts
    385

    subject +verb+object or past participle

    Hi.

    Are there differences between using past participle and using the regular form S+V+O?
    .For example,

    Brainwashed by terrorism and extremism ( Note the word brainwashed must refer to a pronoun or subject previously mentioned like organisation.

    or

    They are brainwashed by terrorism and extremism.

    Are the above sentences correct? if so then what are the differences?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 14-Jul-2017 at 15:41. Reason: Removed unnecessary line breaks

  2. #2
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    74,147

    Re: subject +verb+object or past participle

    Past participles can be used as adjectives. In your example, which isn't a sentence, it would appear to be an adjective. The rest of the sentence would follow:

    Brainwashed by extremism, some people go on to commit acts of terrorism.

  3. #3
    mrmvp is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • United Arab Emirates
      • Current Location:
      • United Arab Emirates
    Join Date
    Jul 2017
    Posts
    385

    Re: subject +verb+object or past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Past participles can be used as adjectives. In your example, which isn't a sentence, it would appear to be an adjective. The rest of the sentence would follow:

    Brainwashed by extremism, some people go on to commit acts of terrorism.

    Thank you.

    In this example below, correct ?the adjective brainwashed refers forward to the word some people which is the subject of the sentence.Is this correct ?

    but, can I make the subject "some people" before the adjective brainwashed?
    .
    For example, some people go on to commit acts of terrorism.Brainwashed by extremism.


    the word brainwashed refers backward to some people.


    Last edited by mrmvp; 15-Jul-2017 at 01:49.

  4. #4
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    61,370

    Re: subject +verb+object or past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmvp View Post
    Thank you.

    In this that example, below, correct ? does the adjective "brainwashed" refers refer forward to the words "some people" which is the subject of the sentence? Is this correct?

    but, Can I make put the subject "some people" before the adjective "brainwashed"?

    For example, "Some people go on to commit acts of terrorism, brainwashed by extremism."

    In that sentence, the word "brainwashed" refers backward back to "some people".
    See above.

    With my changes to your sentence starting "Some people", it is OK.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  5. #5
    mrmvp is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • United Arab Emirates
      • Current Location:
      • United Arab Emirates
    Join Date
    Jul 2017
    Posts
    385

    Re: subject +verb+object or past participle

    Thank you.

    Are the sentences below correct ?

    Some people go on to commit acts of terrorism, brainwashed by extremism.

    Some people go on to commit acts of terrorism.Brainwashed by extremi
    sm.
    Last edited by mrmvp; 16-Jul-2017 at 08:21.

  6. #6
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    61,370

    Re: subject +verb+object or past participle

    The first is OK with the comma.
    The second is wrong. The first sentence of the two is fine but "Brainwashed by extremism" isn't a complete sentence so it doesn't work.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  7. #7
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    74,147

    Re: subject +verb+object or past participle

    The second isn't correct. It might work in a narrative, where there's more flexibility, but it would be incorrect in an essay as there's no main verb, which means it isn't a complete sentence.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •