passive participle

last changed in 2002

Notation: `n', because some irregular passive participles have the suffix en - e.g. eaten, taken, broken. This distinguishes them clearly from regular past tenses.

A passive participle is a verb-form such as cooked and eaten in (1).

(1) The meal was cooked and eaten in half an hour.

Its syntactic and semantic characteristic is passivization.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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