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    Exclamation I have been obsessed or I have been obsessing?

    Hello,
    I was reading a book the other day when I saw this sentence :
    I have been obsessed with punctuality ever since.
    I was wondering whether it is right or it should be : I have been obsessing with punctuality ever since ?

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    Re: I have been obsessed or I have been obsessing?

    It is correct. If you want to write "I have been obsessing over/about punctuality", you can.
    You become obsessed with something. You obsess over/about something.

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    Re: I have been obsessed or I have been obsessing?

    Thank you Raymott,
    I would like to know more about the tens, I mean, it sounds passive,isn't it?" I've been obsessed with"

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    Re: I have been obsessed or I have been obsessing?

    No. It's "I have been" (present perfect) and "obsessed" (adjective).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I have been obsessed or I have been obsessing?

    Quote Originally Posted by omid_61 View Post
    I would like to know more about the tense, I mean, it sounds passive, doesn't it?" I've been obsessed with"
    No, but I can see why you might think so. For a passive construction, the agent is introduced with 'by'.
    "I was possessed by a demon" (to use another -sessed word). This is passive. The active equivalent: "A demon possessed me".
    But not, "I was obsessed by punctuation" ie. not "Punctuation obsessed me". It is you who are doing the obsessing, not the punctuation.
    At least that's how I see it, though you will see "obsessed by" all over the net.

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    Re: I have been obsessed or I have been obsessing?

    I got it, thank you so much emsr2d2

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    Re: I have been obsessed or I have been obsessing?

    Your appreciation is welcome but there is no need to write a new post to say Thank you. Simply click the Thank button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.

    It saves everybody's time.

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