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    Question participles, -ed or -ing

    Hi everyboby!

    I hope you had a wonderful summer.

    I would like to ask for your help on the following:

    do we say "A fast pacing adventure about spies"

    or "A fast paced adventure about spies"

    Thanks!!!
    Last edited by zahari; 06-Sep-2007 at 21:14.

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    Re: participles, -ed or -ing

    Hello Zahari,

    The compound adjective you want relates to the manner in which the author tells the story.

    Consider these examples of adjectival past and present participles:

    1. A painted house.
    2. A pacing lion.
    3. A broken toy.
    4. A fading flower.
    5. A faded flower.

    In #3, for instance, someone broke the toy in the past, i.e. the toy is the object of the action.

    In #4, however, the flower continues to fade, i.e. the flower is the subject of the action.

    Now which of these does your example resemble? Is the "adventure" the subject or the object of the action?

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    Re: participles, -ed or -ing

    Well, it's not clear;at least to me. The full example goes like this:

    "What's the new movie like?"
    "Exciting! It's a __________ adventure about spies."

    I thought the same thing as you, Mr P, but since there is not enough context, I don't know which one best suits here. My book gives fast paced as correct.

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    Re: participles, -ed or -ing

    It is a difficult example. But "fast-paced" is fine: the story has been "paced" by the writer to make it fast and exciting for the reader. (In other words, the narrative is swift.)

    To "pace" a story is to arrange the relative swiftness of the different parts of the narrative in an artful fashion, in order to keep the reader reading.

    Sorry my earlier post wasn't clear!

    All the best,

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    Re: participles, -ed or -ing

    Mr P, your previous post was crystal clear!!! I meant that I couldn't decide whether the word "adventure" was the object or the subject of the verb since both seemed logical to me in different contexts. (I think I was not clear about what was not clear to me!!!! ) I agree that it's a difficult example, and that there should be more clues in order for a student to answer it correctly.

    Thank you very much!!!!

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