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ERIC Number: ED413773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Form, Function, and Meaning: Understanding/Teaching English Participles.
Gao, Carl Zhonggang
This discussion of English participles is intended to aid teachers of English as a second language in both understanding and teaching their use. The forms, functions (as verbs and adjectives), and meanings of participles are first outlined, and an approach for presenting this information to students is detailed. It begins with establishing a convention of using the signal "-en" as the past participle form, to distinguish it from the past tense form "-ed". Once forms are clear to students, the meanings of the two signals "-ing and -en" are explained, emphasizing the semantic relationship between them and considering them as a related pair with contrasting meanings. To reinforce the understanding of present and past participles as an opposing pair, the degree of vividness interpretation can be applied to show the contrast between the two forms of participles. Forms, functions, and means are to be introduced and explained as a unit, since all linguistic signs involve signals paired with meanings used in certain contexts. Contains 6 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A