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    Sentence structure

    Today newspaper, I saw the following article.

    "Test results released yesterday showed that only 37 per cent passed the listening test."

    I am confused "released" and "showed". Why the two verbs can join together in one sentence. Is it any conjunction word omit. Could anyone tell me the structure and how to use it. Thank you very much.

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    Re: Sentence structure

    Hi,

    In the sentence "The results released yesterday showed..." the word "released" acts as the adjective. Specifically, the adjective formed from the past participle and -ed ending (verb + ed).

    The meaning of this sentence is: The reaults that were released yesterday showed....

    Other examples of such adjectives (looking like verbs) are: 'excited', 'interested', and 'bored'.


    I hope it helps,
    Iza



    Quote Originally Posted by HK
    Today newspaper, I saw the following article.

    "Test results released yesterday showed that only 37 per cent passed the listening test."

    I am confused "released" and "showed". Why the two verbs can join together in one sentence. Is it any conjunction word omit. Could anyone tell me the structure and how to use it. Thank you very much.

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    Re: Sentence structure

    Quote Originally Posted by HK
    Today newspaper, I saw the following article.

    "Test results released yesterday showed that only 37 per cent passed the listening test."

    I am confused "released" and "showed". Why the two verbs can join together in one sentence. Is it any conjunction word omit. Could anyone tell me the structure and how to use it. Thank you very much.

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    I agree with Izabela. "Released yesterday" is a participial phrase, modifying "results". The real verb is "showed".

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