What is the grammar structure underlying the sentence: "This product has sold very well"?
Is this sentence written in the passive form, as a product cannot really "sell" itself? Or can "sold very well" be considered an adjective modifying "this product"?
Thank you in advance for your help!
The woolens wash (well). -- washable; woolens do not perform the washing
The book reads well. -- readable (for the animate readers)
Books sell well. -- successful on the market; books do not sell anything
May I contribute something to this thread? I found it in
Professor George O. Curme's extremely scholarly A Grammar
of the English Language.
(1) It seems that your idea of the passive is right on.
(2) Professor Curme writes:
[P]assive force is often associated with intransitive
(1) The professor gives this example:
Such houses sell easily.
He says that the sentence = Such houses can be sold easily.
Last edited by 2006; 15-Nov-2010 at 16:16.