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    Smile Dressed & Wearing

    Hello, teachers,

    I saw below sentences:
    He left home dressed in a smart black suit.
    He left home wearing a smart black suit.

    My quesiton is:
    Why should 'dress' be used in the past participle and why should 'wear' be used in the present participle?

    Thx
    Wuwei

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    Re: Dressed & Wearing

    Quote Originally Posted by wuwei View Post
    Hello, teachers,

    I saw below sentences:
    He left home dressed in a smart black suit.
    He left home wearing a smart black suit.

    My quesiton is:
    Why should 'dress' be used in the past participle and why should 'wear' be used in the present participle?

    Thx
    Wuwei
    ***NOT A TEACHER***Wonderful question. I hope someone answers you really soon, for I, too, am eager to know the answer. I have thought a lot about your great question, and I THINK I may understand it a tiny bit. (1) You cannot say "He left home WORN (in a black suit)." Why not? Because "Wear" needs an object (like "a black suit"), and "in a black suit" is not an object. (2) You cannot say "He left home DRESSING (a black suit)." Why not? Because "a black suit" is an object and needs a verb that takes an object like wear/buy/wash. I think it has to do with transitive and intransive verbs. People who are much smarter than I will soon explain it to you and me. Thanks for the great question.

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    Re: Dressed & Wearing

    Quote Originally Posted by wuwei View Post
    Hello, teachers,

    I saw below sentences:
    He left home dressed in a smart black suit. "dressed in....." is passive. (Maybe his wife dressed him. )

    He left home wearing a smart black suit. "...wearing a smart black suit." is active.

    My quesiton is:
    Why should 'dress' be used in the past participle and why should 'wear' be used in the present participle?

    Thx
    Wuwei
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    Re: Dressed & Wearing

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***NOT A TEACHER***Wonderful question. I hope someone answers you really soon, for I, too, am eager to know the answer. I have thought a lot about your great question, and I THINK I may understand it a tiny bit. (1) You cannot say "He left home WORN (in a black suit)." Why not? Because "Wear" needs an object (like "a black suit"), and "in a black suit" is not an object. (2) You cannot say "He left home DRESSING (a black suit)." Why not? Because "a black suit" is an object and needs a verb that takes an object like wear/buy/wash. I think it has to do with transitive and intransive verbs. People who are much smarter than I will soon explain it to you and me. Thanks for the great question.
    I agree.

    We may dress a kid, not a suit. Therefore, 'to dress' is either transitive or intransitive.

    Very interesting question.

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    Re: Dressed & Wearing

    Quote Originally Posted by wuwei View Post
    Hello, teachers,

    I saw below sentences:
    He left home dressed in a smart black suit.
    He left home wearing a smart black suit.

    My quesiton is:
    Why should 'dress' be used in the past participle and why should 'wear' be used in the present participle?

    Thx
    Wuwei
    ***NOT A TEACHER***Two posters have given really great contributions. Are there other ideas out there about Wuwei's fascinating question?

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