But if "missing" is an adjective like, say, "boring", or "interesting", then how do we explain the "notice"-constellation?
I noticed an intersting bug. --> *I noticed a bug interesting.
I noticed a boring book. --> *I noticed a book boring.
?I noticed a missing ring. --> I noticed a ring missing.
Adjectives formed from participles do not normally take the "missing" position with "notice". "Interesting" and "boring" behave like an adjective; "missing" does not. No matter what you call the word, the difference exists. "Missing" is odd no matter what you call it.
That's an interesting question.Originally Posted by ian2
One difference I noticed between "interesting/boring" and "missing" is that both "interesting" and "boring" are derived from transitive verbs, while "missing", if a verb of that meaning exists, is derived from an intransitive verb.
That may also be why, to me, "The ring has been missing for days now," sounds more verby to me than "The ring has been interesting for days now." Interesting, in it's particple form, would require an object.
I wonder if all "adjectives" derived from intransitive participles behave more like verbs (in the "noticed" position) than they do like adjectives. I tried to find other intransitive-participle-derived adjectives that do not have a verb equivalent, but couldn't think of any. ( )
What I find interesting about your question is that it treats participle as a word class of its own. Neither verb nor adjective, but participle. That's an interesting approach.