OT -- "Flummoxed"

Subject: OT -- "Flummoxed"
From: Michael West <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- net -dot- au>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 07:56:45 +1000

Maggie Pierce Secara wrote:

> In other words, "flummoxed" here functions as an
> adjective, but it is still the past tense of a verb
> used with a form of "to be" and so technically a
> passive construction.
> Annoying, isn't it? :-)

Verbals are *very* annoying. Neither fish nor fowl.
I wish someone would do something about this.

I can't remember how we used to (those of us
who grew up in the middle of the last century)
diagram the passive participle. Does it hang
off the noun like a normal, healthy adjective,
of is it coupled to the "to be" verb in some
bizarre way that is seldom mentioned in
polite company?

Mike West
Melbourne, Australia


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