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    found murdered grammar

    could you tell me the grammar about 'was found murdered' ?

    murder in this context is verb or adjective?

    thank you very much.


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    Re: found murdered grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by zjc View Post
    could you tell me the grammar about 'was found murdered' ?

    murder in this context is verb or adjective?

    thank you very much.
    Good question. Off the top of my head I'd say that 'murdered' is the past participle functioning as an adjective.

    He was found dead. I supposed it could be a shortening of,

    He was found to be [past participle]

    But here,

    He was found to have been [past participle]

    He was found to have been murdered/beaten/tickled to death/...

    it seems to be functioning as a verb. I think I'll bow out and let the grammarians have a go at it.

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    Re: found murdered grammar

    Yes, it's an adjective based on the past participle.

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