participle

[ pahr-tuh-sip-uh l, -suh-puh l ]SEE DEFINITION OF participle

Synonyms for participle

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The infinitive is often used in poetry after a verb of motion where we should use the present participle.

The participle may also have the character of an adjective, the adverb either of an adjective or of a preposition.

This form of the past participle of the verb to light is now obsolete.

Ago is derived from the participle agone, while since comes from a preposition.

Flown is the past participle of to fly, and flowed of to flow.

This form for the past participle of the verb to prove is said to be a Scotticism.

It is sat or satya, sat being the participle of the verb as, to be.

Youth dreams in the future tense; age, in the past participle.

The rest as the present of bos, followed by the past participle.

The rest as the imperfect of bos, to be, with the present participle.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "a noun-adjective," from Old French participle (13c.), variant of participe, from Latin participium, literally "a sharing, partaking," from particeps "sharing, partaking" (see participation). In grammatical sense, the Latin translates Greek metokhe "sharer, partaker," and the notion is of a word "partaking" of the nature of both a noun and an adjective.

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