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    What does this mean?

    I know busy is an adjective, but what is mena by the verb to busy?

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    Re: What does this mean?

    ETA: Ignore.
    Last edited by I'm With Stupid; 31-Jul-2008 at 10:44.

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    Re: What does this mean?

    Hi Fame,

    You are right. "busy" can function as a verb, its meaning is "to make yourself busy by doing a particular job or activity". Usually, it is followed by "yourself". Ex:

    I busy myself studying English.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: What does this mean?

    Ah yes, I forgot about that. Ignore my reply.

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    Re: What does this mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by I'm With Stupid View Post
    Ah yes, I forgot about that. Ignore my reply.
    I think I understand somewhat. But given the two words busy (adjective) and to busy (verb) how would you identify which is the base and which is the converted form?

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    Re: What does this mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fame View Post
    I think I understand somewhat. But given the two words busy (adjective) and to busy (verb) how would you identify which is the base and which is the converted form?
    There is no clear way of identifying it, other than the context in which it appears in the sentence.
    "I'll have to busy myself."
    "He was busying his team."
    As LeUyenHoc say though, it's quite rare to hear "busy" as a verb without it preceding the word himself, herself, myself, youself, themselves, or oneself.

    Whereas the adjective form of the word will have a verb in front of it.

    "He is busy."
    "She acted busy."
    "He looks busy."
    "The bird was busy."

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