We read about the term participle somewhere around in grade 2 or 3 when our English teacher was telling us something about the tenses. Participle is a common term in English grammar and one should know and understand what it means to have good command over speaking and writing good English.
Today, in our article, we will discuss about the meaning of the word participle and how we can use in correctly in sentences so that our readers can get the right meaning of what we are trying to convey.
He was juggling well.
In the above sentence, the verb juggling is the modified form of the verb juggle. We add the -ing at its end to make it participle and the was before it tells us that this is the past participle form of the verb. This type of verb form is used to express continuity of an action in a sentence.
A verb is said to be in present participle form when the use of is/are indicates the time of action that is taking place right now and is not an event of the past. The verb is changed to the participle form by the addition of –ing at it end.
The cat is drinking milk.
In the above example, drinking is verb that is modified to its participle state by the addition of –ing at its end and the use of is before it let us know that the action described is taking place in real time.
The baby cried all night.