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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin participium, from particeps ( PARTICIPATE); because it takes the part of both verb and adjective

participle

noun
     
Related topics: Grammar
par‧ti‧ci‧ple [countable]
technicalSLG one of the forms of a verb that are used to make tenses. In English, present participles end in -ing and past participles usually end in -ed or -en.

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