Participle errors

Posted by Manjusha. Filed in English Grammar

Participles are used in absolute phrases with a noun or pronoun going before them.

Each of these absolute phrases can be transformed into a subordinate clause.

A common error

Read the following sentence.

This means that it was the farmer who bit the postman and not the dog! To avoid confusion, the sentence should be rewritten as follows.

The participle is a verbal adjective. It should be related to a proper subject of reference. If the subject is lacking or if a wrong subject is used, the whole sentence would be wrong. Other examples are given below.

See also

Participles: active and passive
Participle clauses
A common error with participles