Anonymous asked: Hello guys! Here’s a question I hope you guys haven’t answered. I don’t know how to explain my question but I’ll try. EXAMPLE: “She was created.”(past tense) “She is create.”(present tense) So the second sentence is incorrect. There are some words like that, because the verb is not used as a verb but as a noun, I have heard. But I am unsure how many words are like this, and mind you elaborate more about this? I’m not sure I make sense, but if not, that’s OK, just ignore my question!

Basically English grammar can be nigh impossible to explain well. But we’ll try.

The only circumstance I can think of wherein created would be a noun is this one:

"We are the Created."

The Created, in this instance, would be a proper noun like”The Knights of the Round Table” or “The Brotherhood”.

"Created bouquets are displayed daily in the flourist’s shop window."

So, this is a pretty outmoded (read: sketchy) use of the word created, but you’ll still see it around, so it’s probably worth mentioning before we get too crazy (see below). Created here is a participle modifier, and it’s in past tense. The past participle customized the noun for us, kind of like adjectives and adverbs customize nouns. They make the noun special in some way by modifying it.

Not sure was a past participle is? Have we got a list for you!

When you conjugate a verb (like create), you’ll get a list of words based on the root. The list, if it’s any good, will include these items:

  1. Verb: A word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence.
  2. Present: A verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking. Usually, present tense is conveniently divided up for you into I, you (singular), he/she/one/it, we, you (plural), and they
  3. Simple Past: The simple past, sometimes called the preterite, is the past tense of Modern English. It is used to describe events in the past.
  4. Past Participle: The form of a verb, typically ending in -ed in English, that is used in forming perfect and passive tenses and sometimes as an adjective.
  5. Gerund: A form that is derived from a verb but that functions as a noun, in English ending in -ing.
  6. Present Participle: The form of a verb, ending in -ing in English, which is used in forming continuous tenses, alone in nonfinite clauses, as a noun, and as an adjective.
  7. Infinitive:The basic form of a verb, without an inflection binding it to a particular subject or tense. Usually infinitives are written with the word to in front of them.

Let’s take a look now at this list in practice. Here’s the verb conjugation for create:

You can do this yourself with any verb in the English language on English Verb Conjugation.

The sentence creation is going to change depending on what you are trying to communicate. Now let’s examine your examples.

"She was created."

As in, “Someone or something has conceived or formed her.”

Here’s the verb breakdown for this sentence:

The past participle form of created made sweet, sweet love with the auxiliary verb was to indicate that something happened in the past in order to create she. This verb construction is known as passive voice, and it applies to the present tense, too.

"She is created."

Is created is passive voice in the present singular used to describe she.

A form of the verb “To be” is combined with a past participle to form the passive. Passive verb constructions are useful when the subject of an action is not as important as what the subject did (the action of the sentence) or when the subject is unknown. For instance, the police might report that “The professor was assaulted in the hallways” because they do not know the perpetrator of this heinous crime. In technical writing, where the process is more important than who is doing the activity, we might report that “Three liters of fluid is filtered through porous glass beads.” Regardless of the verb’s purpose, only the auxiliary form of “To be” changes; the participle stays the same. The “To be” will change form to indicate whether the subject is singular or plural. (x)

See an example of a verb parsed out into passive verb formation from the same website here.

Other great resources:

Thank you for your question! If anyone has any insight to add or corrections they’d like to make, please message us!


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    In other words, fuck the English language.
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