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    understood--understand

    A student asked me yesterday: 'Why do we say : "it's universally understood . . . " and not "understand"?' and, to my chagrin, I could not answer! Help me get out of this!!!

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    Re: understood--understand

    It is a past participle here- you could look on it as a passive - it is universally understood = people everywhere understand- or an adjective, which would also require the past participle.

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