Verb Wars Episode #3: Return of the Participle. What Are Participles ?. What is a participle? A participle is a verb that can also be used as an adjective. Present participles end in – ing . Example: The swimming duck flapped his wings.
Singing sweetly, the bird flew home.
The cat, meowing noisily, finally got the owner’s attention.
The running refrigerator sent the electric bill soaring.
Running, present participle
The bird, chirping noisily, woke me up.
Chirping noisily, participial phrase
The haunted house frightened the children.
haunted, past participle
Spoken loudly, the teacher’s words were taken seriously.
Spoken loudly, participial phrase
The girl, crying softly, delivered the news.
Crying softly, participial phrase
The ruined reputation could not be salvaged.
Ruined, past participle
Whistling quietly, the girl walked down the hallway.
Whistling quietly, participial phrase
She took a bite of the melting ice cream
melting, present participle
They couldn’t run fast enough on their throbbing feet.
throbbing, present participle
Zombies attacked the abandoned town.
Abandoned, past participle
Dancing wildly, the child moved with the music.
Dancing wildly, participial phrase
She couldn’t do much to stop the screeching sound.
screeching, present participle
Sleeping quietly, the girl was hidden beneath the washed sheets.
Sleeping quietly, participial phrase
Washed, past participle
My mother, scowling angrily, sent me to my room.
Scowling angry, past participle
The screaming girl did not listen to the pleading of the other students.
Screaming, present participle
But not pleading…because pleading is a gerund!
Her styled hair was blowing in the breeze.
Styled, past participle