omission of 'which is'/ passive Vs active


What is the part of speech of 'regarded' in "a quality regarded as characteristic of poems"?

shouldn't the verb be in its passive form?
why isn't it ".... [which is] regarded ...."?


and in another case: "a small lizard with wide feet, found especially in warm countries",


and also: "Words used to describe writing or speech style"


in all these examples, why shouldn't the verbs be in their passive form (i.e. which is found, words that are used)?


i am a ESL learner and i am very confused with these usages! please help :))))) thanks thanks!!!

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In English, there are times when certain words are omitted but are understood.

[You] Go away! The 'you' is understood but not written.

He is taller than I [am].


...a quality [which is] regarded as characteristic of poems...

...a small lizard with wide feet, [which is] found especially in warm countries.

Words [that are] used to describe writing or speech style.

link answered Aug 01 '13 at 14:46 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Thank you so much for answering!!! This applies to most newspaper headlines, right?

Is there a rule for such omission?

jadehkAug 07 '13 at 01:29

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