Participial Adjective And Participial Relative Clause

Participial adjective

A word-form which is identical in form to the participle of a verb but which functions as an adjective.

  • Barking dogs seldom bite.
  • A rolling stone gathers no moss.
  • I love the noise of falling rain.

Participial relative clause

A construction which resembles a relative clause but which contains a participle instead of a finite verb.

  • Anyone touching that wire will get a shock.
  • Half of the people invited to the party didn’t turn up.
  • Who is the girl dancing with your brother?

Participial clauses can be replaced by relative clauses.

  • Anyone who touches that wire will get a shock.
  • Half of the people who were invited to the party didn’t turn up.
  • Who is the girl who is dancing with your brother?
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