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GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Participles and their Role with Verbs

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Meet my friend Ocky and get up to speed on participles! This week’s video is an addition to the previous video on participles, so I hope this helps answer more questions you might have about the topic. And if you’d like to learn even more, be sure to read this post for more details.

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15 Responses to GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Participles and their Role with Verbs

  1. Ekene Uyamasi May 10, 2017 at 5:52 am #

    Lena edited the GMAT Tuesday video. Is there anything wrong with this sentence? I’m asking because some prep books say that the -ed verb cannot be the main verb in a sentence, but clearly that is not the case in my version of one of your sentences. I would be glad if you could clear up this concept. Thanks

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 10, 2017 at 9:04 am #

      I’ll be happy to help. But which sentence are you referring to? What is the original sentence, and what is your version of the sentence?

  2. Nitin February 12, 2015 at 10:24 pm #

    What is the difference between Present Participle and simple verb form (infinitive).

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin February 18, 2015 at 11:00 am #

      Hi Nitin,

      Great question! There are a few differences between present participles and the base form of a verb. First, the obvious difference is their form. A present participle is a verb that ends with “ing”. Also, there is a “be” verb that accompanies the present participle. A simple verb is not changed in any way. Here’s an example.

      Present Participle: I am eating dinner.
      Simple verb: I eat dinner.

      The other main difference between the two is their meaning. With a present participle, the action is happening. It is something that has started, is continuing, and by implication, it will end at some point in the future. With a simple verb, the meaning is more broad. We use simple verb forms to state facts or to state something as true. A simple verb form can be used instead of the present participle but it doesn’t contain the precise meaning of some action continuing. In the sentence above, “I eat dinner” this could be something that is continuing but we don’t know. It’s more a statement of fact.

      The differences between the two are more than I can explain in a comment here. I recommend doing some research to better understanding these two verb forms. Here’s a good place to start:

      I hope that this helps! Happy Studying!

      • Nitin February 21, 2015 at 4:54 am #

        I don’t understand when you say statement of fact. how could someone verify this?

        • Kevin Rocci
          Kevin February 22, 2015 at 10:32 am #

          Hi Nitin,

          It’s not so much an issue of verifying whether the statement is true or not. That’s a philosophical question outside the realm of grammar. All I mean is that we use this form to state facts, regardless of whether they are true or not. For example,

          My name is Kevin.
          I work at Magoosh.
          The earth orbits the sun every 365 days.

          The simple tense is a straightforward way to convey that an action happens in the present. From the sentences above, those things will be true tomorrow too. And they were true yesterday. So a simple verb tense express something that is happening right now in the present, but can also indicate that something is true at other times. But this is not the same as the present participle, which makes it clear that at some point the action will end.

          So the simple verb tense is used to indicate statements of fact, as well as many other things. I wouldn’t think about this in terms of whether or not a statement is true or false. That’s another conversation. We are just talking about the grammar of a sentence, not the truth value of a statement. 😀

          Does this make sense? I hope so! Best of luck with your studies! 😀

  3. Frayosh January 3, 2015 at 1:58 am #

    Hi Kevin,

    Fantastic video especially the introduction. Thank you for explaining the basics in a simple yet fun manner. I had some apprehensions about grammar since I’m a non-native speaker, but they’ve begun to wear off. Thank you once again.

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin January 6, 2015 at 10:28 am #

      Hi Frayosh! Thank you for your kind words! I am stoked that the video was able to help! 😀

      Happy Studying!

  4. nitin December 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    how to differentiate past participle with past tense?

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin December 16, 2014 at 10:28 am #

      Great question! 😀 It can be hard to distinguish sometimes. But the best thing to look for is “have” or “had.” The verb will always follow one of those two words. 😀

  5. Niloufer October 15, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Loved the explanation on tenses sequence. I am so confused when I have to choose from amid and amongst? Can you help

  6. Marie October 7, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    I loved the introduction! Thank you so much for explaining the basics of a present and past participle. I was just reviewing the magoosh videos on participles. Your video helped me connect the dots. I guess I had an ‘aha’ moment. THANK YOU!!!!!

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin October 7, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

      Hi Marie!

      You are supremely welcome! I am so happy to hear that the video helped you to connect the dots and go “AHA!”

      Happy Studying!

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