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    #1

    the woolens washed

    The woolens washed.
    The vase broke.

    Are both correct?

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    #2

    Re: the woolens washed

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    The woolens washed.
    The vase broke.

    Are both correct?
    1..."The woolens washed." is not correct. You can say:
    a) 'The woolens are washed.', which emphasizes their present state. or
    b) 'The woolens were washed.', which emphasizes a past action.

    2..."The vase broke." is correct.


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    Re: the woolens washed

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    1..."The woolens washed." is not correct. You can say:
    a) 'The woolens are washed.', which emphasizes their present state. or
    b) 'The woolens were washed.', which emphasizes a past action.

    2..."The vase broke." is correct.
    What makes the second sentence correct and incorrect the first?
    These woolens washed, although you said they would not. -- Is this okay?

    thanks for your answer


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    #4

    Re: the woolens washed

    You can say "The woollens washed well" - meaning that they took the action of washing without damage.


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    Re: the woolens washed

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    You can say "The woollens washed well" - meaning that they took the action of washing without damage.
    Anglika

    Thanks for your precious input.
    Do you mean you miss (an adverbial) verb complement:

    The woolens washed well
    The woolens washed

    Thanks


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    Re: the woolens washed

    It's better with the adverbial complement. I can think of occasions when it might colloquially be used without, such as the question "Did your clothes wash ok?" A. "Well, the woollens washed, but the silk didn't."

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