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in this sentence: How many are left? what part of speech is left?
Now I leave,
Yesterday I left
I have left
be left: remain to be used or dealt with.; a part or effect of something stays after it has gone or been used.
There's some food left over from the party.
His shoes left muddy marks on the floor.
"Are you leaving any for me? Will there be any left over?"
It's a verb.
Last edited by David L.; 01-May-2008 at 02:54.
It's impossible to treat left as a verb in the sense of something being remaining:
There's some food left (over) from the party. (predicative adjective)
There's some left-over food from the party. (attributive adjective)
There's some left-overs from the party. (noun; there's + plural noun = non-standard)
However, it is a verb (past participle) in the passive construction, but of a different meaning than that of be left (over):
His shoes left muddy marks on the floor. (active)
Muddy marks were left (by his shoes) on the floor. (passive)
Obviously, you can't use left over here.
since in English the passive voice is periphrastic and does not have a one-word form,but consists of a form of the auxiliary verb be together with a verb's past participle.
Even if you insisted it wasn't , this wouldn't make "left" an adjective,since it's a past participle.
If something is left (i.e. left behind) is a past participle of the verb to leave, used passively ("been leaved"). It is only an adjective if it is used in direct conjunction with a noun, meaning left-hand (e.g. my left foot).
It is similar to the word broken - past part. verb: My leg was broken by another player. Adj: The doctor asked me about my broken leg.
That's my opinion - hope it helps.
Maybe we should have another look at what kimberly actually wanted to know
How many are left? what part of speech is left?
to my mind, and according to both TOPG Advanced / AGIU within this sentence "left" is part of a verb
it would , however , have to be considered an adjective when used like in this way