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    He is dressed in a red suit.

    "He is dressed in a red suit." Is "dressed" a past participle but also an adjective in this sentence ?

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    Re: He is dressed in a red suit.

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    Great question!


    (1) A man here in the United States would never wear a red suit. In some neighborhoods, it would put his life in danger.
    (2) Let me share with you what a book published in 1870 said. It is entitled German Comversation-Grammar by Emil

    Otto. He was teaching German to English speakers. These are his words:

    When you say: "The Lady is dressed," you do not mean to say: "They are dressing the lady" or "The lady is being

    dressed." The meaning is rather: "The Lady is ready." The act of dressing is past: "dressed" therefore has the value of

    an adjective.
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    Re: He is dressed in a red suit.

    Quote Originally Posted by birgit33 View Post
    "He is dressed in a red suit." Is "dressed" a past participle but also an adjective in this sentence ?
    Adjective.


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    Re: He is dressed in a red suit.

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    Birgit:

    I have just found something in A Grammar of the English Language by the one and only Professor George O. Curme.

    The great scholar tells us that "dressed" is an adjective in sentences such as these:

    The woman is well-dressed.

    The woman is beautifully dressed.

    He says that the participle "dressed" is stressed. That is, when you say it aloud, say the word "dressed" more strongly

    than you do the other words.

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    Re: He is dressed in a red suit.

    Excuse my ignorance, The Parser, by why on earth would wearing a red suit put someone's life in danger?! I have a feeling I know what you're alluding to (in which case I can perhaps understand why wearing a pink suit might be relevant) but if I'm wrong, I can't imagine what the problem with a red suit would be. Is the neighbourhood full of bulls?

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    Re: He is dressed in a red suit.

    Yes, you are 100% correct about the pink suit. (For our learner friends, the color pink is sometimes associated with gay people.)
    Regarding a red suit, you would also stand out as unusual. And in some American neighborhoods that are full of less than refined people, you would be the target of ruffians. I am sure (yes, "sure") that this happens in all cultures. (I imagine that a man dressed in a red suit would not be bothered only if he were among the upper classes.)

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    Re: He is dressed in a red suit.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Yes, you are 100% correct about the pink suit. (For our learner friends, the color pink is sometimes associated with gay people.)
    Regarding a red suit, you would also stand out as unusual. And in some American neighborhoods that are full of less than refined people, you would be the target of ruffians. I am sure (yes, "sure") that this happens in all cultures. (I imagine that a man dressed in a red suit would not be bothered only if he were among the upper classes.)
    Intriguing! I agree that a red suit is probably not the norm in many places but I didn't realise it would be seen as such a rarity. The best thing about your explanation is the use of the word "ruffians", a word I don't think I've seen used for decades but which is extremely evocative!

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    Re: He is dressed in a red suit.

    Bulls are colour-blind - but you probably know that. The quote is about a very hostile reaction on grounds of fashion-sense. It is hyperbolic (not hyperbulic) . [Students: don't bother looking that last 'word' up - it was a (rather weak ) joke.]

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    Re: He is dressed in a red suit.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Bulls are colour-blind - but you probably know that. The quote is about a very hostile reaction on grounds of fashion-sense. It is hyperbolic (not hyperbulic) . [Students: don't bother looking that last 'word' up - it was a (rather weak ) joke.]

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    That's true. I did know that about bulls. In fact, having lived in Madrid for 18 months, I know more about bull-fighting than I ever wanted to.

    I don't think I'd like to live somewhere where you can receive a hostile reaction simply due to your fashion sense. I'm lucky to live where I do by the sounds of it, or I'd spend my life fending off ruffians!

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    Re: He is dressed in a red suit.

    This thread has taken a very interesting turn.

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