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  1. Antonio
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    Hi Group,

    I heard a sentences that goes like this "I can go to the prom right now, because I am grounded" what does it mean: " to be punish".

    If am missing another meanings, please let me know.

    Thanks in advance,
    Antonio.

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    Re: Grounded

    Quote Originally Posted by Antonio
    Hi Group,

    I heard a sentences that goes like this "I can go to the prom right now, because I am grounded" what does it mean: " to be punish".

    If am missing another meanings, please let me know.

    Thanks in advance,
    Antonio.
    grounded is an adjective. It describes the state of a person/thing. It comes from the noun 'ground', meaning surface we walk on; idiomatic expression comes from pilot-ese: To ground a plane (i.e., the plane stays on the 'ground', close to the airport.)

    If a person is grounded, usually a teenager, it means, they a) can't leave their room or b) can't leave the house. They are not allowed to roam freely about the planet, sort to speak. They are grounded.


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    Must be in school or at home. No more after school activities. A form of punishment.

  3. Antonio
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    Can I use the form ground if is present form and grounded if is a past action, or it can only be grounded and that's it?

    Thanks in advance,
    Antonio


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    You are grounded.

    You were grounded.

    You are ground - put through the mill? Does not work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antonio
    Can I use the form ground if is present form and grounded if is a past action, or it can only be grounded and that's it?

    Thanks in advance,
    Antonio
    It's a predicate adjective, so it needs -ed. :wink:

    Be grounded: is/am/are grounded; was/were grounded; will be grounded; had been grounded; have been grounded

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