Re: OT -- "Flummoxed"

Subject: Re: OT -- "Flummoxed"
From: Dick Margulis <margulis -at- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2003 18:27:33 -0400

Michael West wrote:

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

I just googled on "diagramming sentences" and got to a site that answers that question. Here's the diagram:

Note that the example uses a present participle rather than a past participle, but I don't see a difference in principle.

Here's the site:


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