A participle is a verb form that is used as an adjective in a sentence. It typically ends in -ing or -ed and describes a noun or pronoun. A participle phrase is a group of words that begins with a participle and includes any objects or modifiers associated with the participle.
Here are some examples of participle phrases:
- Running late for work (participle: “running”; modifier: “late for work”)
- Excited to see you (participle: “excited”; modifier: “to see you”)
- Broken by the storm (participle: “broken”; modifier: “by the storm”)
- Bored with the movie (participle: “bored”; modifier: “with the movie”)
In each of these examples, the participle phrase is functioning as an adjective in the sentence. It is modifying a noun or pronoun and describing the qualities or characteristics of the noun or pronoun. The participle in the phrase is the main focus of the phrase, and the objects or modifiers provide additional information about the participle.