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    human needs are states of felt deprivation.
    what does the "felt" mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mengta
    human needs are states of felt deprivation.
    what does the "felt" mean?
    past tense of "to feel"

    When you don't have a direct object, assume that the universal "one" is being referred to.

    Rephrase the sentence using one and it makes sense.

    "human needs are states of deprivation one felt"

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    but why do we use "felt" instead of "feel"?
    thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Nahualli
    Quote Originally Posted by mengta
    human needs are states of felt deprivation.
    what does the "felt" mean?
    past tense of "to feel"

    When you don't have a direct object, assume that the universal "one" is being referred to.

    Rephrase the sentence using one and it makes sense.

    "human needs are states of deprivation one felt"

    -Nah-

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    Quote Originally Posted by mengta
    but why do we use "felt" instead of "feel"?
    thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Nahualli
    Quote Originally Posted by mengta
    human needs are states of felt deprivation.
    what does the "felt" mean?
    past tense of "to feel"

    When you don't have a direct object, assume that the universal "one" is being referred to.

    Rephrase the sentence using one and it makes sense.

    "human needs are states of deprivation one felt"

    -Nah-
    Actually I take my earlier reply back. I think this sentence has to do with the verb's past participle being used almost as an adverb, similar to how a gerund is used in place of a noun.

    felt emotion could be sought emotion, thought emotion, done emotion, passed emotion.... see?

    In other words, in this case they are not treating "felt" as a verb, but almost as an adjective. Replace "felt" with "purple" and you'll see what I mean. They're modifying the noun "emotion", not the verb "to feel".

    -Nah-

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    Quote Originally Posted by mengta
    human needs are states of felt deprivation.
    what does the "felt" mean?
    Agreed. :D 'felt' is a past participle in that context and it's functioning as an adjective. We know this because it answers the quesion, "What kind of 'deprivation'?"

    Adjective Test
    Q: What kind of deprivation?
    A: a felt deprivation. (Adjective)

    In addition,

    A human need arises when we feel we don't have what we need/require for our well-being. We feel (Present Verb) deprived. It's a state of felt (Past Participle/Adjective) deprivation.

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