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    Problem understanding verbs with ed

    Adding "ed" can make a word past tense, is there other rules like adding "ed" to make the word an adjective? What are some rules to adding ed other than changing the time?

    E-mail enables messages to be exchanged from computer to computer.

    E-mail messages are stored on servers. (Why can't it be store)

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonecold View Post
    Adding "ed" can make a word past tense, is there other rules like adding "ed" to make the word an adjective? What are some rules to adding ed other than changing the time?

    E-mail enables messages to be exchanged from computer to computer.

    E-mail messages are stored on servers. (Why can't it be store)
    In your sentences, the words ending with ed are part of the passive construction. The ed is essential in such a case and doesn't say anything about a past time reference.

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    Re: Problem understanding verbs with ed

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    In your sentences, the words ending with ed are part of the passive construction. The ed is essential in such a case and doesn't say anything about a past time reference.
    What is a passive construction?

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    What is a passive construction?
    Formation of passive tenses
    Passive forms consist of an appropriate tense of be followed by the past participle of the verb. For example, the passive form of the simple present of eat is the simple present of be followed by eaten:
    It is eaten.

    Other examples:
    She escaped uninjured but her boyfriend was shot in the chest and died.
    He was being treated for a stomach ulcer.
    He thinks such events could have been avoided.

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    Re: Problem understanding verbs with ed

    I'll do more research with passive voice. So with passive voice, you can add ed to the verb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonecold View Post
    I'll do more research with passive voice. So with passive voice, you can add ed to the verb?
    Actually, you're supposed to add ed to the verb (bear in mind that there are also verbs whose past participle forms are irregular, eg take - taken; show - shown; hang - hung etc). Obviously, they don't take ed.

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    Re: Problem understanding verbs with ed

    I think I'm getting it. In my examples, the way they "are written" (past participles) is called past participles. "Emails are stored in hard drive." This mean that they did that in the past and still doing it in the future (Past participles).

    Thankz alot>>>>

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    Post Re: Problem understanding verbs with ed

    Quote Originally Posted by stonecold View Post
    I think I'm getting it. In my examples, the way they "are written" (past participles) is called past participles. "Emails are stored in hard drive." This mean that they did that in the past and still doing it in the future (Past participles).

    Thankz alot>>>>
    Well, you're almost there. Emails are stored on the server means that they are stored there nowadays; it's a permanent state. Emails were stored on the server means exactly what you said - they stored emails there in the past.

    they are stored - present time
    they were stored - past time
    they will be stored - future time

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    Re: Problem understanding verbs with ed

    You can think of it as similar to the -ado participle in Spanish, which also frequently functions as a noun.

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