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    Question Adjective or past participle?

    Hello,

    I have a question about this structure: These parts can easily become damaged.


    Is damaged in this situation an adjective or a past participle?

    I'm mainly interested in avoiding passive constructions. Can these kind of structures (with can + become + -ed forms) make a passive construction?


    Thank you!

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    Re: Adjective or past participle?

    I consider it a past participle used as an adjective.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Adjective or past participle?

    Both.

    'Past participle' is the term for the verb form (i.e. the third form of the verb). 'Adjective' is the word class.

    Why do you want to avoid using passive constructions?

    Use become + past participle to talk about a process of changing.
    Last edited by jutfrank; 28-Feb-2017 at 15:35.

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    Re: Adjective or past participle?

    NOT A TEACHER


    Hello, AndaB:

    I have found some information that may interest you, as it did me.

    One great scholar says the following:

    1. The verb "become" is now a copula [linking verb].

    2. A past participle after that verb is an adjective "in function."

    3. He gives two sentences that you may wish to carefully study:

    a. "This [news]paper ... has become widely read by both political parties."

    b. "He ... has become respected by everybody."



    Source: George O. Curme, A Grammar of the English Language (Vol. I), 1935.

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