The past participle is the form of a verb used, for instance, with have to form the present perfect (She has been here for more than ten years) or with be to form a passive (Hamlet was written when Shakespeare was in his late 30s).
In the case of English regular verbs it is identical in form to the past tense of the verb and is formed by adding "ed" to the base form of the verb.
Despite its name, the past participle dosn't necessarily refer to the past.
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