Results 1 to 4 of 4
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: May 2014
    • Posts: 9
    #1

    regarding participial adjectives

    I'm wondering if "bored" in either of the following examples is a past participle used as an adjective ( SUBJECT+BE+ADJECTIVE) or a part of a passive voice sentence ( SUBJECT + BE + PAST PARTICIPLE)?

    1. I'm bored.

    2. I'm bored by this lesson.


    MY OWN GUESS: Can we say in the first example it's just a past particle used as an adjective, but in the second it's a past participle used in a passive sentence, just because in the second example it's followed by a "by phrase"? in other words, if we consider "bored" simply as a participial adjective, can't it be followed by a "by phrase"?

    Your help is greatly appreciated.

  1. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #2

    Re: regarding participial adjectives

    I would call it an adjective in both.

  2. Piscean's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Czech Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Jul 2015
    • Posts: 10,010
    #3

    Re: regarding participial adjectives

    It's an adjective in the first. I'd say that the second sentence is a typical passive construction with by = agent. This lesson bores you - you are bored by this lesson.


    It doesn't really matter, does it?

  3. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #4

    Re: regarding participial adjectives

    Other similar constructions are not passive voice.

    I am bored with this lesson.
    I am bored in this class.

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] participial adjectives
    By atabitaraf in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 06-Nov-2014, 12:48
  2. Fun activities for teaching participial adjectives
    By bizt in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-Dec-2011, 12:18
  3. [Grammar] Where to put adjectives in a participial construction
    By th.19 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 16-Sep-2011, 01:37
  4. participial phrases -- adverbs or adjectives?
    By dihen in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 29
    Last Post: 19-Jan-2009, 07:06
  5. Past/Present Participial and Participial Phrases
    By piggy386 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 26-Sep-2005, 06:54

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •