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    Verbs (past participles)

    Hi all

    Parts of speech are a weakness for me, and I am working on them, especially "verbs".

    Can someone please approve my answers below (highlighted in bold):

    1. He was .......... under a tree. (sat/seated)
    2. She was .......... on a couch. (lying, laying)
    My rationale for both questions is that "was" is an auxiliary verb and that "sat" and "laying" are past participles. Am I correct. Please let me know?

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    Re: Verbs (past participles)

    Quote Originally Posted by sohala View Post

    He was seated.......... under a tree.
    She was lying.......... on a couch.

    My rationale for both questions is that "was" is an auxiliary verb and that "sat" and "laying" are past participles. Am I correct. Please let me know?
    Sorry, both options were wrong. Yes, was is an auxiliary here. Seated, participle of to seat, lie - lying present participle.

    Sat is the past simple of sit.

    laying, present participle of to lay

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