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    I was extremely mortified

    "I was absolutely mortified about making the mistake."

    I would like to ask you that if mortified used above is an adjectives taking suffix -ed, or it is a verb used in a passive voice?

    https://www.collinsdictionary.com/di...urus/mortified

    Thank you.

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    Re: I was extremely mortified

    Does it matter?

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    Re: I was extremely mortified

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post

    I would like to ask you that if mortified, used above, is an adjectives adjective taking the suffix -ed, or it is a verb used in a the passive voice?
    Note my corrections above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I was extremely mortified

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    Does it matter?
    There is an undetermined situation here. So, I think, it is important.

    Thank you.

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    Re: I was extremely mortified

    What do you think the answer to your question is?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I was extremely mortified

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Note my corrections above.
    I'd add one more: the quoted statement should not end with a question mark.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I was extremely mortified

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    What do you think the answer to your question is?
    I think the answer to my question is that because mortify is a verb, so it is passive.

    But you are the teachers.

    Thank you.

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    Re: I was extremely mortified

    It is fairly clear that we have a passive in I was mortified by her words.

    It is not possible to say for certain in your sentence. I'd say it was an adjective, but it doesn't make any real difference in meaning if we think of it as the third form (past participle) of the verb in a passive construction.

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    Re: I was extremely mortified

    It doesn't have to be a choice. Adjective or past participle? These are different levels of description, or two ways of looking at it. It is both.

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    Re: I was extremely mortified

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    "I was absolutely mortified about making the mistake."

    I would like to ask you that if mortified used above is an adjectives taking suffix -ed, or it is a verb used in a passive voice?

    https://www.collinsdictionary.com/di...urus/mortified

    Thank you.

    I was absolutely mortified about making the mistake.


    "Mortified" can only be an adjective since it is being modified by the adverb "extremely", which does not modify verbs.

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