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    #11

    Re: I have something "on my mind" or "in my mind"?

    "Tense" is a verb in "I have to tense my muscles before lifting heavy weights".
    "Tense" is an adjective in "What's wrong? You look very tense".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #12

    Re: I have something "on my mind" or "in my mind"?

    "Tensed" is a verb, the past tense of "tense".
    It is not an adjective as you thought.
    The other word is "mature", which is both a verb and an adjective.
    Last edited by tedmc; 07-Jan-2017 at 14:37.
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    #13

    Re: I have something "on my mind" or "in my mind"?

    I think the word 'tensed' can be a participle adjective, as in the fixed expression "be/get tensed up".

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    #14

    Re: I have something "on my mind" or "in my mind"?

    Yes, but it is not an adjective by itself.
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    #15

    Re: I have something "on my mind" or "in my mind"?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    "Tensed" is a verb, the past tense of "tense".
    It is not an adjective as you thought.
    The other word is "mature", which is both a verb and an adjective.
    So, is it correct to say "why are you getting tensed?"

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    #16

    Re: I have something "on my mind" or "in my mind"?

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    So, is it correct to say "why are you getting tensed?"
    No. Although tensed exists as an adjective, it's not used like that. The usual adjective form is tense.

    A muscle could be described as tensed, but it would be rare to describe a person that way.
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    #17

    Re: I have something "on my mind" or "in my mind"?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No. Although tensed exists as an adjective, it's not used like that. The usual adjective form is tense.

    A muscle could be described as tensed, but it would be rare to describe a person that way.
    So, can we say "he is tense" or "he was very tense" or "you are looking tense" or "why are you getting tense"?

    "He tensed his muscles". Is it correct as well?

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    #18

    Re: I have something "on my mind" or "in my mind"?

    All of those are possible.

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    #19

    Re: I have something "on my mind" or "in my mind"?

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    So, can we say "He is tense"​, or "He was very tense", or "You are looking tense" or "Why are you getting tense?"?

    "He tensed his muscles". Is it correct as well?
    Note my corrections to your capitalisation and punctuation above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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