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  1. keannu's Avatar
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    #1

    lacy-looked plant

    Many Korean students make a mistake of choosing 2 and this kind of form is always appear in Korean mid-to-high school English exams.
    I don't know if it's desirable, but anyway it causes a lot of confusion to students. I explain to them that when an intransitive verb like "look" is used as a past participle "looked", it means "completion", whose meaning wouldn't make sense like "the plant ceased to look lacy, but it used to look lacy". I can be confident in my explanation, but I need teachers' opinions.

    1.lacy-looking plant
    2.lacy-looked plant

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    #2

    Re: lacy-looked plant

    Lacy-looked plant is incorrect even if it were dead plant that once looked lacy.

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    #3

    Re: lacy-looked plant

    What do you think this means?
    .lacy-looked plant

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    #4

    Re: lacy-looked plant

    As Mike said, it's incorrect so it means nothing. It's not just incorrect in your context, it's simply incorrect English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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