What is the Past Participle?
The past participle is the 3rd form of any verb, referring to the past, we use past participles to form passive and perfect sentences. We also use Past participles as adjectives in some cases.
|Present||Past (simple)||Past participle|
|Am / is / are||Was / were||Been|
How and when to use the past participle?
The way these tenses work, requires the use of Past participles. Because past participles always follow verb “have” when it is a helping verb. We have 2 types of ways of using verb “have”
- Main verb
- Helping verb
As a main verb, “have” denotes the ownership of something.
However, “have” as a helping verb, helps change the meaning of a sentence in many different cases, and the Past participle always follows
The word “have” here in those sentences does not mean “I own “it just helps with the meaning of the sentence
How to differentiate between HAVE as a “main” or “helping” verb
As a main verb, the nous always follows : I have friends / I have a car
As a helping verb, Past Participles always come after “have” as a helping verb, in other words a verb in the past: I have seen / I have done.
Passive sentences contain Past participles. They always follows verb (be).
We use Past Participles to describe things or people in a different way than a regular adjective would. It usually describes an action or verb that happened to someone or something. An example would demonstrate the meaning easier.
Keep in mind that past participle is a huge part of English and is all over the language, so it is really important to learn, to help you improve your language quickly and reach your goals.