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  1. Manish Birdi
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    I am decided

    Hello All,
    I just wanted to know if the sentence is grammatically correct.

    Sentence: 'I am decided'


    Please reply.


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    Manish Birdi

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    Re: I am decided

    Quote Originally Posted by Manish Birdi View Post
    Hello All,
    I just wanted to know if the sentence is grammatically correct.

    Sentence: 'I am decided'


    Please reply.


    Regards
    Manish Birdi

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    Good afternoon Manish Birdi.

    (1) I believe that in modern English, it is preferable to say:

    I HAVE decided to study English.
    I HAVE decided that I need more time.
    Yes, sir, I HAVE decided. (I have made a decision.)



    (a) Nowadays, "have" is usually used with the past participle to

    form the present perfect.

    (2) Perhaps a judge might say:

    It IS hereby decided that ....

    (a) But in modern English, people usually use a form of "have," NOT "be":

    It HAS been decided that ....

    Have a nice day!

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    Re: I am decided

    It is possible that "I am decided" is grammatically correct, but that is irrevelant, since it doesn't mean anything.


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    Re: I am decided

    What about if the intended meaning is "I have made up my mind"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    From Jesus Christ Superstar:



    CAIAPHAS:

    Put yourself in my place,
    I can hardly step aside.
    Can not let my hands be tied.
    I am law and order.
    What about our priesthood?
    Don't you see that we could fall?
    If we are to last at all,
    We can not be divided.

    ANNAS:

    Then say so to the council,
    But don't rely on subtlety.
    Frighten them, or they won't see.

    CAIAPHAS:

    Then we are decided?

    ANNAS:

    Then we are decided.



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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    (2) Perhaps a judge might say:

    It IS hereby decided that ....

    (a) But in modern English, people usually use a form of "have," NOT "be":

    It HAS been decided that ....

    Have a nice day!
    Yes, though grammatically correct, it is not in common use. But then, in negative sense (undecided) it has some acceptance; as this one:
    At present, he is undecided on whether or not he will vote on Health Care Reform,

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    Yes, though grammatically correct, it is not in common use. But then, in negative sense (undecided) it has some acceptance; as this one:
    At present, he is undecided on whether or not he will vote on Health Care Reform,
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    Good morning, Sarat.

    (1) T found your comment most interesting and helpful.

    (2) A bell went off in my mind, and I ran to my dictionaries:

    It seems that they classify "undecided" as an adjective.

    (3) But in "I am decided," maybe the "decided" is being

    used as a past participle???

    (a) Mav's most interesting quotation from "old" English:

    Then we are decided?

    maybe (maybe) means:

    Then have we decided?

    (4) On the other hand, a sentence such as "He is undecided on the issue"

    may be a little different in meaning from "He has not decided the issue."

    Or maybe not. I do not have the knowledge to answer the question.

    Maybe someone else does.

    Thanks again for your comment.

    Have a nice day, sir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    (4) On the other hand, a sentence such as "He is undecided on the issue"

    may be a little different in meaning from "He has not decided the issue."

    Or maybe not. I do not have the knowledge to answer the question.

    Maybe someone else does.

    Thanks again for your comment.

    Have a nice day, sir.
    You are right, there is a little difference. The dictionary meaning of undecided is: Not having reached a decision
    So I think the adverb ‘yet’ will fill up the difference.

    He is undecided on the issue=He has not yet decided (made a decision about) the issue

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    Re: I am decided

    Quote Originally Posted by Manish Birdi View Post
    'I am decided'
    There is an other possibility that the OP actually meant to say "I'm determined" or "I'm adamant".

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