Lesson: Participles

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At 1:01, there is a sentence "Yanni boiled an egg" wherein 'boiled' serve as verb. However, as a principle, it was mentioned in succeeding slides that Participles act only as adjective. Please explain this juxtaposition.
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We aren't saying that "boiled" always serves as a verb. In some cases, "boiled" serves as a verb, and in other cases, "boiled" serves as an adjective.

It up to you to determine whether the word is serving as a verb or adjective, depending on the context.

If the word serves an adjective, then it's a participle.

Does that help?

Hi Brent - FYI, there is a small typo in the video. Starting at 2:34, where the present participles are listed, the video states that the present participle form of "chop" is "copping"; it should display "chopping" instead.

Thank you for recording these videos and for being responsive - these are a huge help in my GMAT preparation!
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Thanks for that heads up!

Great eye for detail :)

Hello, just a quick question. Shouldnt past participle include "has or have" in front?

Great and clear videos!
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It depends on the tense.

For example, in the simple past tense, we might write "Sue LAUGHED when Kyle entered the room"

In the present perfect tense, we might write "Sue HAS LAUGHED at clowns."

Here's our video on simple tenses: https://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-sentence-correction/video/1176

Here's our video on perfect tenses: https://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-sentence-correction/video/1178

Does that help?

Cheers,
Brent

gmat-admin's picture

It depends on the tense.

For example, in the simple past tense, we might write "Sue LAUGHED when Kyle entered the room"

In the present perfect tense, we might write "Sue HAS LAUGHED at clowns."

Here's our video on simple tenses: https://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-sentence-correction/video/1176

Here's our video on perfect tenses: https://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-sentence-correction/video/1178

Does that help?

Cheers,
Brent

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