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    Why used as an adjective?

    When I looked up a word "fascinate" in the Cambridge Dectionay Online,there
    came out a sentence as below:
    We watched fascinated as he cleaned and repired the watch.
    and the word "fascinated" is used as an adjective here.So,dose this sentence
    take the same pattern of the sentences like "He looks happy.","That sounds good.",etc?(I'm sorry I don't know what these kind of sentences are called in English.)

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    Re: Why used as an adjective?

    My first reaction to this is no, it is not the same as "he looks happy" or "it sounds good". "looks" and "sounds" are acting as linking verbs. I believe the "fascinated" is more like a reduced adjective clause (we, who were fascinated) that might sometimes be placed at the beginning of a sentence: "Fascinated, we watched..." In fact, I wonder if there should be commas after the "watched" to mark it as such.
    I'd love someone else to comment on my musings!


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    Re: Why used as an adjective?

    Bingo, Fiona. In The Old Days, the sentence would have been written: 'We watched, fascinated, as he . . . '

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    Re: Why used as an adjective?

    So,the word "watch" should never be used as a link verb?

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    Re: Why used as an adjective?

    Quote Originally Posted by dashllh View Post
    So,the word "watch" should never be used as a link verb?
    Correct. The verb watch(ed) is not a linking verb. This would be a linking verb:

    We, being fascinated by his skill, watched as he cleaned and repaired the watch.

    We watched, we being fascinated by his skill, as he cleaned and repaired the watch.

  5. #6

    Re: Why used as an adjective?

    Ah,I see.The definition of linking verbs is "connect the quality of a object or person to that object or person",and "watch" does't function like that.
    Anyway,thank you very much!

  6. #7

    Re: Why used as an adjective?

    You're welcome
    Note that the "we" in "we being fascinated" in C's second sentence is a mistake!

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