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    Question She was mugged / She was tired

    What is the difference between these two sentences?

    She was mugged - by.. (somebody mugged her) There can be an agent added using 'by' making this person the doer of the sentence.

    She was tired - from.. (she was tired from something) she did something that made her tired - making her the doer of this sentence.

    Is this a correct explanation?

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    Re: She was mugged / She was tired

    agent and trigger

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    Re: She was mugged / She was tired

    Quote Originally Posted by Mairi View Post
    What is the difference between these two sentences?

    She was mugged - by.. (somebody mugged her) There can be an agent added using 'by' making this person the doer of the sentence.

    She was tired - from.. (she was tired from something) she did something that made her tired - making her the doer of this sentence.

    Is this a correct explanation?
    The past participle form can be used as an adjective.
    "She was mugged." 'mugged' is a past participle. It belongs to the verb.
    "She was tired." 'tired' is an adjective, just as 'hungry' is in "She was hungry".

    However, if you wrote, "She was tired by the heavy work", 'tired' is a past participle - "The work tired her."

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    Re: She was mugged / She was tired

    Ok.

    So are you saying that 'mugged' is an adverb and 'tired' is an adjective?

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    Re: She was mugged / She was tired

    Quote Originally Posted by Mairi View Post
    So are you saying that 'mugged' is an adverb and 'tired' is an adjective?
    Raymott did not say that.
    He said that tired can function as a past participle and as an adjective; mugged is a past participle.

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