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    The Verb Be

    In The Phrase'your Help Is Appreciated' Is 'is' The Main Verb And'appreciated' An Adjective


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    Quote Originally Posted by ARABRAB View Post
    In The Phrase'your Help Is Appreciated' Is 'is' The Main Verb And'appreciated' An Adjective
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    Yes, "is" is the verb;

    "appreciated" is here used adverbially as it modifies the verb and does not modify "Your help"

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    To be sure, "appreciated" doesn't modify the verb (since it is not intended to indicate that the action is performed in an appreciative manner, or in a manner which is appreciated); rather, it complements the verb.

    But to prove that things are never as simple as they seem, this construction could be analysed in different ways.

    You could say that "appreciated" is a passive adverbial. Or you could say that the whole sentence is a straightforward passive, and that "appreciated" is simply the past participle of "appreciate":

    Someone eats the cake. (Active)
    -> The cake is eaten (by someone). (Passive)

    We appreciate your help. (Active)
    -> Your help is appreciated (by us). (Passive)

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    Re: The Verb Be

    Quote Originally Posted by rewboss View Post
    To be sure, "appreciated" doesn't modify the verb (since it is not intended to indicate that the action is performed in an appreciative manner, or in a manner which is appreciated); rather, it complements the verb.

    But to prove that things are never as simple as they seem, this construction could be analysed in different ways.

    You could say that "appreciated" is a passive adverbial. Or you could say that the whole sentence is a straightforward passive, and that "appreciated" is simply the past participle of "appreciate":

    Someone eats the cake. (Active)
    -> The cake is eaten (by someone). (Passive)

    We appreciate your help. (Active)
    -> Your help is appreciated (by us). (Passive)
    I would simply call it a predicate adjective. Even though we would not use "appreciated" prepositively, it still modifies "help". If there is reason to believe that the structure is in passive voice, then "appreciated" becomes a past participle that is part of the complete verb.

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