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    Confusion between verb and participle adjectives

    Still, repelled and yet not heeding, he moved deeper into the pond. The lower part of his body was all sunk in the hideous cold element.
    He stood on the bank, breathing heavily.
    And he hastened straight down, running over the wet, soddened fields, pushing through the hedges, down into the depression of callous, wintry obscurity.


    I don't understand, why must the underlined words be considered as adjectives instead of verb? For instance, isn't "breathing" and "pushing" an action?

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    Re: Confusion between verb and participle adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by kindaichiXXX View Post
    Still, repelled and yet not heeding, he moved deeper into the pond. The lower part of his body was all sunk in the hideous cold element.
    He stood on the bank, breathing heavily.
    And he hastened straight down, running over the wet, soddened fields, pushing through the hedges, down into the depression of callous, wintry obscurity.


    I don't understand, why must the underlined words be considered as adjectives instead of verb? For instance, isn't "breathing" and "pushing" an action?
    Why do you think that they are all adjectives?


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    Re: Confusion between verb and participle adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by kindaichiXXX View Post
    Still, repelled and yet not heeding, he moved deeper into the pond. The lower part of his body was all sunk in the hideous cold element.
    He stood on the bank, breathing heavily.
    And he hastened straight down, running over the wet, soddened fields, pushing through the hedges, down into the depression of callous, wintry obscurity.


    I don't understand, why must the underlined words be considered as adjectives instead of verb? For instance, isn't "breathing" and "pushing" an action?
    repelled and sunk are past tenses--> just verbs
    the rest is the gerund form of your verb, it can be just as a noun subject, or an direct object. so they aren't adjectives

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    Re: Confusion between verb and participle adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by meee View Post
    repelled and sunk are past tenses--> just verbs
    the rest is the gerund form of your verb, it can be just as a noun subject, or an direct object. so they aren't adjectives

    But they are adjectives according to this website:

    Guide to Grammar and Writing

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    Re: Confusion between verb and participle adjectives

    If that site says that all the highlighted words in your text are adjectives, it is wrong.

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