Past Participle : Definition, Usages and Examples

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Past Participle is the Verb form that is used in the Past Perfect tense which means they take their position after - have, has or had. It is one of the two Verb forms that are in the past tense in the English language.

Past Participles are usually formed by adding -ed, -d, -t, -n and -en to the base form of the Verbs although there are plenty of irregular ones that do not follow any particular rule.


  • I have written you hundreds of letters.

“Written” is the Past Participle form of the Verb “Write” and it sits after the Verb “to have”. This example is of a sentence in the Past Perfect tense.

More Examples:

  • Have you seen my car?
  • Boris hasn’t done enough for his bedridden father.
  • They had run a mile.

Past Participle Verb Chart

Willing to make it easy for the learners to remember the three most important of Verb forms - Present/Base, Past and Past Participle, new learners of English practice memorizing Verbs in sets of three. It would be easier to familiarize the learners with even the irregular Past Participles in a chart. Most people practicing the Language will instinctively know the Past and Past Participle forms of each Verb by heart. The brief chart below exemplifies the sets of three forms of verbs memorized by learners.

Base Verb Past Form Past Participle Form
Bite Bit Bitten
Bleed Bled Bled
Blow Blew Blown
Come Came Come
Take Took Taken
Write Wrote Written
Choose Chose Chosen
Cast Cast Cast
Drive Drove Driven
Eat Ate Eaten
Steal Stole Stolen
Arise Arose Arisen
Wake Woke Woken
Bear Bore Borne
Forbid Forbade Forbidden
Grow Grew Grown
Hide Hid Hidden
Lade Laded Laden
Lie Lay Lain
Run Ran Run
Ring Rang Rung

Past Participles as Adjectives

The Past Participles are often seen used as Adjectives in English sentences that are not in the Past Perfect tense.


  • Are you drunk?

“Drunk” is the Past Participle form of the Verb, “Drink” as it describes the state of the Pronoun - “You”.

More Examples:

  • It is forbidden
  • You are the chosen
  • Act like the grown man you are.

Past Participles in the Passive Voice

When changing Active Voices to Passive, the Past Participles sit next to the Auxiliary Verbs.


  • Active: We learn Spanish.
  • Passive: Spanish is learnt by us.

Past Participle - “Learnt” here sits after the Auxiliary Verb - “Is” in the Passive form of the sentence above.

More Examples:

  • Active: Someone stole my purse.
  • Passive: My purse was stolen (by someone).
  • Active: The dog bit me.
  • Passive: I was bitten by the dog.
  • Active: Are they visiting the village house?
  • Passive: Is the village house being visited by them?


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