I would love to get some feedback on this! I keep going back and forth on it... is "taped" an adjective or verb in this sentence?
One of them is taped up.
'Up' in such constructions was traditionally labelled as an adverb. Many ELT materials consider it to be part of the phrasal verb TAPE UP, and it is commonly labelled as a particle. Huddleston and Pullum (The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, 2002) and others include it in their preposition class.
For me, "It was taped up" on its own uses "taped up" as an adjective. "It was taped up by the boy" uses "to tape up" as a phrasal verb.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
Without more context, I would think of the original example as an adjective describing the state. This could, of course, change in a wider context.
Anyway, in my opinion, a wider context is needed to classify it accordingly.
I'm not a teacher and I'm not a native speaker of English.
I came across just this idea in an English national test for school children; the disappointed boy/ the boy was disappointed..... the question was- spot the adjective. But what if the candidate thought it was a verb....? I thought the question unfair. (If the word sad had been used , the verb version would have been saddened, so sometimes it's clear)
This time, try using: Which box shall I bring? The open one or the taped up box?
Now do we think it's an adjective or a verb?
But I totally agree- context is all. ( Nearly all; word order might come into play too)