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    situated: adjective or verb

    At Corinth and Athens, however, two of the best-known potters’ quarters were situated on the cities’outskirts, and potters and makers of terra-cotta figurines were also established well within the city of Athens itself.
    In the above sentence, I think that "
    situated" can be a verb or an adjective. How can I know whether it is a verb or an adjective in this kind of sentence?
    Which part of sentence that the "well" modify, "establish" or "within"?
    Thanks!

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    Re: situated: adjective or verb

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    At Corinth and Athens, however, two of the best-known potters’ quarters were situated on the cities’outskirts, and potters and makers of terra-cotta figurines were also established well within the city of Athens itself.
    In the above sentence, I think that "
    situated" can be a verb or an adjective. How can I know whether it is a verb or an adjective in this kind of sentence?
    Which part of sentence that the "well" modify, "establish" or "within"?
    Thanks!
    It's an adjective derived from the past participle of "situate".
    "well within"

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    Re: situated: adjective or verb

    Thanks for help!
    Why it isn't a passive voice?
    Is there any way to know it is an adjective not verb in passive voice?

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    Re: situated: adjective or verb

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Why it isn't a passive voice?
    Is there any way to know it is an adjective not verb in passive voice?
    When BE is followed by a past participle, it is not always clear whether the past participle is part of a passive construction or functioning as an adjective.

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    Re: situated: adjective or verb

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    . How can I know whether it is a verb or an adjective
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    Hello,

    You have asked an excellent question.

    If you will go to the search box and type in "adjective or passive," you will find many helpful threads that address

    this matter.


    James


    P.S. I googled a bit, and I discovered that many reputable on-line dictionaries classify "situated" as an adjective.

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    Re: situated: adjective or verb

    Thank you, TheParser
    Yes, there are a lot of useful thread about it.
    After searching the web, I see that there are many verbs can be used as adjectives or passive voice and in many cases, a dual interpretation is possible.

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