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    built of stone

    In this sentence

    This house is built of stone.

    Is 'built' an adjective or a verb?
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    Re: built of stone

    Quote Originally Posted by Fagin View Post
    In this the sentence "This house is built of stone", is 'built' an adjective or a verb?
    See my changes to your layout above. What do you think the answer is?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: built of stone

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    See my changes to your layout above.
    Thanks for your corrections.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    What do you think the answer is?
    I have no idea.
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    Re: built of stone

    If you had Googled "definition of built", you would have got this as one of the hits. Can you work out what the answer is using those definitions?
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    #5

    Re: built of stone

    Why do you need to know?

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    #6

    Re: built of stone

    In another discussion I was asked to give an example of the verb 'build' used in the Present Simple. I wrote the aforementioned sentence. After which I was corrected by someone who said that in this sentence 'built' is not used as a verb but as an adjective.
    Now I am not a linguist so I came here to seek help from English teachers. Is there anything wrong with this?
    Last edited by Fagin; 10-Feb-2017 at 06:46. Reason: typo
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    Re: built of stone

    "Built" is not the present simple.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: built of stone

    In your sentence "built" is the past participle of the verb "to build", so it's not an adjective. You used the auxiliar verb to be + the past participle of the verb to build.
    See the difference: He has a heavy build (he is burly, husky). In this sentence, build is an adjective.
    We ate baked peas (adjective). The peas were baked too long (verb, passive voice). Do you understand the difference?

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    Last edited by teechar; 10-Feb-2017 at 12:41. Reason: added not a teacher or native speaker

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    Re: built of stone

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Built" is not the present simple.
    It should have been in the Passive in addition to that.
    Last edited by Fagin; 10-Feb-2017 at 06:41.
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    #10

    Re: built of stone

    Quote Originally Posted by gamboler View Post
    In your sentence "built" is the past participle of the verb "to build", so it's not an adjective. You used the auxiliar verb to be + the past participle of the verb to build.
    See the difference: He has a heavy build (he is burly, husky). In this sentence, build is an adjective.
    We ate baked peas (adjective). The peas were baked too long (verb, passive voice). Do you understand the difference?
    A million thanks for your kind reply. But you are not a teacher.

    Here's an example of 'built' used as an adjective with 'is' before it:

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/built

    a dancer who is really built
    Last edited by Fagin; 10-Feb-2017 at 00:04.
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