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July 31, 2002

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Participles: Verbs as Adjectives

What are those you wonder?

Have you ever met a fast-talking sales representative in an ironed shirt with cuffed sleeves? If you have, you might be able pick out the participles: "fast-talking," "ironed," and "cuffed."

Each of the participles in the example sentence originates in a present ("talking") or past participle ("ironed" and "cuffed"). Adjectives add flavour to your writing, so any beginning writer should make a dedicated effort to include participles.

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