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    Red face "Bus Driver Wanted" or "Help Wanted"

    What part of speech is wanted considered in these quotes? It's not a past verb...please explain. Thanks.
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    Default Re: "Bus Driver Wanted" or "Help Wanted"

    I think it is a past participle. It is a sort of passive but the auxiliary ("is") is omitted.

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    Default Re: "Bus Driver Wanted" or "Help Wanted"

    Wanted is a past participle performing as an adjective. If this were written as a sentence it would say, "Help is wanted" with the word is functioning as the main verb linking the subject (help) with the predicate (wanted).

    An auxillary verb is one that helps another verb by placing conditions on it, "Help might be wanted."

    This is, of course, a very brief description of these verbs.

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    Default Re: "Bus Driver Wanted" or "Help Wanted"

    Quote Originally Posted by vm1112 View Post
    What part of speech is wanted considered in these quotes? It's not a past verb...please explain. Thanks.
    It is a past participle and the type of speech is "headline/newspaper speech". This is the type of shorthand you'll find in headlines.

    President to visit Ireland. (It leaves out the article before President, and "is going" before "to visit".

    Your heading is really: A bus driver is wanted or Help is wanted.

    In that case, the participle is part of a shortened passive voice verb.

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