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    Adjective or past participle

    In a fashionably dressed young person", is the word "dressed" an adjective or a past participle? Thanks.

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    Re: Adjective or past participle

    Hello Ian,

    I would take it as a past participle used adjectivally. It is slightly defective, though, as it requires a qualifying adverb, e.g.

    1. A well dressed man
    2. He was badly dressed

    So you might take the whole phrase (adverb + dressed) as the true unit.

    It differs from another sense of "dressed":

    3. Are you dressed?

    "Dressed" in #3 refers to the state of wearing clothes; whereas "dressed" in #1 and #2 refers to the style in which those clothes are worn.

    All the best,

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    Re: Adjective or past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello Ian,

    I would take it as a past participle used adjectivally. It is slightly defective, though, as it requires a qualifying adverb, e.g.

    1. A well dressed man
    2. He was badly dressed

    So you might take the whole phrase (adverb + dressed) as the true unit.

    It differs from another sense of "dressed":

    3. Are you dressed?

    "Dressed" in #3 refers to the state of wearing clothes; whereas "dressed" in #1 and #2 refers to the style in which those clothes are worn.

    All the best,

    MrP
    Thanks a lot. Will talk to you soon.

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    Re: Adjective or past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello Ian,

    I would take it as a past participle used adjectivally. It is slightly defective, though, as it requires a qualifying adverb, e.g.

    MrP

    (not a teacher) Isn't "fashionably" serving as the qualifying adverb in the quoted phrase "a fashionably dressed young man"?

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    Re: Adjective or past participle

    Hello Stuart,

    Yes, I would agree with you:

    1. A well dressed man
    2. A fashionably dressed man
    3. A fashionably well dressed man

    etc.

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    Re: Adjective or past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello Stuart,

    Yes, I would agree with you:

    1. A well dressed man
    2. A fashionably dressed man
    3. A fashionably well dressed man

    etc.

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    MrP

    I thought so, that's why I wondered why you said there was something missing when it was right there.

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    Re: Adjective or past participle

    Sorry, now I see what you mean. "Defective" related to "dressed", not Ian's particular example. (The intended but probably obscure parallel was with "defective verbs", which are incomplete in conjugation.)

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