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    • Join Date: Apr 2004
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    #1

    Stretch / Stretched

    What do these mean?

    1. Stretch bolts will have to be replaced.
    2. Stretched bolts will have to be replaced.

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    Re: Stretch / Stretched

    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    What do these mean?

    1. Stretch bolts will have to be replaced.
    2. Stretched bolts will have to be replaced.
    Remember that past participles functioning as adjectives refer to the noun they modify as having undergone a process. With that in mind, "stretched bolts" means, bolts having at one time been stretched, whereas "stretch bolts" simply describes what kind of bolts they are; they may or may not be stretched.


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    Re: Stretch / Stretched

    Remember that past participles functioning as adjectives refer to the noun they modify as having undergone a process. With that in mind, "stretched bolts" means, bolts having at one time been stretched, whereas "stretch bolts" simply describes what kind of bolts they are; they may or may not be stretched
    Thanks this is useful. Now all the other ones make sense to me.

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