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    Re: Please analyze "found shot dead"

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    Would you kindly analyze and (if possible) Reed-Kellogg this sentence: The victim was found shot dead. Thank you very much for helping me better understand English.
    ***NOT A TEACHER***Sorry to beat a dead horse, but. ...Professor George O. Curme says SOMETIMES an adjective can modify a verb if it plays an adverbial role. In "I came home TIRED," the professor says, the adjective can be said to modify "came" because the sentence = I came home (as I wss tired). If you buy that argument (and many books don't), then in "He was found shot DEAD," the adjective can be said to modify "shot," for the sentence = He was found shot (to death) -- the prepositional phrase obviously modifies "shot." Thank you to the Linguist Farmer for suggesting an adverbial role for "dead"; to Kondorosi whose first diagram showed the shot/dead relationship; to Tdol for reminding me of the role of resultative adjectives.

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    Re: Please analyze "found shot dead"

    With all due respect, I think the professor has it wrong.
    Anyway, TheParser, you should stop going to the bother of declaring yourself "not a teacher". You have taught me enough for me (at the very least) to refer to you as "teacher".

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