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English Basics
Volume 4, Number 7, October 18, 1999

Verbs Can Become Adjectives

Words that are normally verbs can often be used as adjectives. If a word modifies a noun or pronoun, it is an adjective, even if that word is usually associated with a different part of speech.

Sometimes the present participle (verb plus ing) form of a verb becomes an adjective:

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

Sometimes the past participle form of a verb becomes an adjective:

I will accept a written apology.

Such adjectives are sometimes called participle adjectives.

Each sentence may contain any number of verbs and adjectives, but only one word will be a participle adjective. Underline that word. Write the main verb it comes from after the sentence. The first two have been done for you.

1. Many kind carpenters offered to repair the broken porch. break
2. Never kiss a smiling crocodile. smile
3. My father prefers to drink filtered spring water.
4. This isn’t chocolate ice cream; it’s frozen chocolate milk!
5. The fallen leaves covered the new driveway.
6. She was happy to find the translated version of the book.
7. The sleeping dog’s snoring was louder than a freight train.
8. We pushed our way through the newly driven snow.
9. I’d rather eat at a recently inspected restaurant.
10. Are you just hoping it will happen or is it a done deal?
11. Maria forgot to bring her new fishing pole.
12. Sadly, as she aged, he became just another forgotten name.

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