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    #1

    is hidden/was hidden

    "James hid my book".

    So is the result "my book is hidden" or "my book was hidden"?

    I get confused when I see people often use "is hidden". Is it because "hidden" is an ongoing past participle?

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    Re: is hidden/was hidden

    If your book was hidden (participle), it is hidden (adjective), and vice versa.

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    Re: is hidden/was hidden

    If my book was hidden but I found it afterward, then it is not hidden.
    Is it possible?

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    #4

    Re: is hidden/was hidden

    Yes. Note that in BrE, it's "afterwards".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: is hidden/was hidden

    Then should I say 'My book has been hidden' if it is not found?

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    Re: is hidden/was hidden

    It depends on the context.

    My book was hidden behind the sofa by my little brother.
    My book had been hidden by my little brother so many times before, that this time I found it in ten seconds.
    What are you looking for? My favourite book - it has been hidden by my little brother again!

    Note that in all those examples, the active would be much more natural: My little brother hid my book; My little brother had hidden my book; My little brother has hidden my book.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: is hidden/was hidden

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    If your book was hidden (participle), it is hidden (adjective), and vice versa.
    I used to consider past participle to be an adjective when it is in passive sentence. Was I wrong?

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    Re: is hidden/was hidden

    Early this year, on another forum, I asked a similar question about 'was/is + past participle', the OP may be interested in it, see https://www.englishforums.com/Englis....htm#sc1903840
    I also considered the past participle to be an adjective.

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    Re: is hidden/was hidden

    1. Written

    2. Married

    3. Banned

    4. Taken

    These participles are also used with present "To be" verb. But they are not continuous.
    Last edited by Checkmate; 02-Dec-2014 at 06:23.

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    Re: is hidden/was hidden

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    If your book was hidden (participle), it is hidden (adjective), and vice versa.
    I have a question, are both participle and participle in adjective form are different when they are used with "To be" verb? And is that why it means differently?

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