Re: OT -- "Flummoxed"
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
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?
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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- RE: OT -- "Flummoxed", Michael West
OT -- "Flummoxed": From: Michael West
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