intransitive past participles

intransitive past participles
intransitive past participles
Most past participles are of transitive verbs and, when used as adjectives, denote an action performed on the noun or phrase they qualify; for example, the phrase a polished table denotes the state of the table as having been polished. However, some verbs that are intransitive nonetheless form past participles which are used as adjectives, as in an escaped prisoner (= a prisoner who has escaped), a failed writer (= a writer who has failed), fallen leaves (= leaves that have fallen), and a grown man (= a man who has grown up, not a man who has been grown). In these cases the nouns or phrases they qualify are the subjects rather than the objects of the corresponding verbs. See participles.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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