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I am confused and would appreciate your help.
What is the part of speech of "hurt" in the sentence, "He played hurt"?
My dictionaries say "hurt" is either a verb or adjective, and there is no mention of use as and adverb. I don't see anywhere that a past participle can be used as an adverb. If it is an adjective, it would seem that "played" would be a linking verb but I don't see it listed as a linking verb anywhere. What do I make of this sentence?
In that context it must surely be an adjective.
He played in the game, hurt (tired, unhappy, etc) though he was.
Until I read that context, which would have been helpful in the original post, I took it to mean 'He pretended to be hurt' - as in 'he played dead'.
It would still be an adjective.
Anyway, if this is an adjective, how is it that it comes right after a verb? Can an adjective modifying the subject come right after a verb like this? It would make sense to me if "played" were a linking verb, but I'm guessing it is not....
Last edited by 5jj; 05-Apr-2011 at 20:29.
He played (even though he was) hurt. The parenthetical is omitted.