Common errors in the use of participles

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

Common mistakes in the use of nouns
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 1
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 2
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 3

More CBSE English Grammar worksheets

Passive voice worksheet | Simple past tense
Passive voice worksheet | Past continuous tense
Passive voice worksheet | Simple future tense
Passive voice worksheet | Future perfect tense


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