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    Furred up

    Hello everyone,
    I was looking up some words on a dictionary called "wordWeb", and found something which was a bit confusing for me to comprehend. The words used in two sentences, on WordWeb, which I am going to type below, as verbs. Please clarify how these words are functioning in the following sentences.

    1- Facts about smoking and furred-up arteries.
    2- The boiler has become furred up.

    Is the word "furred-up", in the above first sentence, not functioning as an adjective telling us about facts or arteries?
    The above second sentence is clearly telling us about boiler, that something happened to it. (Politely)Why, is it not functioning as an adjective if I am correct?

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    #2

    Re: Furred up

    In both sentences, it is an adjective. In the first, it is attributive and describes "arteries". In the second it is a predicate adjective which modifies "boiler".

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    #3

    Re: Furred up

    But how come, it's described as verb in both sentences on "wordWeb" dictionary?

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    Re: Furred up

    Quote Originally Posted by Babarbutt View Post
    But how come [no comma here] it's described as a verb in both sentences in "WordWeb" dictionary?
    We'd have to see the entire entry for the word being defined. Can you provide a link to it?

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    Re: Furred up

    sure. Here is the link.
    http://www.wordwebonline.com/search.pl?w=fur
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    #6

    Re: Furred up

    Past and present participles of verbs are commonly used adjectivally.

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    #7

    Re: Furred up

    That entry is wrong.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #8

    Re: Furred up

    "Furred", as a participle, is derived from verb. That doesn't make it a verb.

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    #9

    Re: Furred up

    So, how is it functioning, as an adjective or as a verb?

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    #10

    Re: Furred up

    Read the thread.

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