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    wendy Guest

    confused..a little

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    About the subject of sarcasm, you mentioned a sentecne "I'm shut up."
    Why do you put 'am' before 'shut up' . It doesn't make sense grammatically.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol
    It's a colloquial informal usage, where the past participle is used as an ajective; you'll also hear 'I'm gone'when someone is leaving. It is spoken language and doesn't follow the normal rules of grammar
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    I'm shut up and I'm gone
    So , although they are in the form be+past participle , but they are not passive voice, right

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    Re: confused..a little

    Quote Originally Posted by wendy
    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    About the subject of sarcasm, you mentioned a sentecne "I'm shut up."
    Why do you put 'am' before 'shut up' . It doesn't make sense grammatically.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol
    It's a colloquial informal usage, where the past participle is used as an ajective; you'll also hear 'I'm gone'when someone is leaving. It is spoken language and doesn't follow the normal rules of grammar
    .

    I'm shut up and I'm gone
    So , although they are in the form be+past participle , but they are not passive voice, right
    It is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between the passive voice and a linking verb + predicate adjective.

    In "I'm shut up" it could go either way. In "I'm gone", it is the latter. :wink:

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