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    Question I think I'm lost!

    Hello,

    1. What part of speech is lost in these sentences?

    a. I think I'm lost.

    b. I lost my wallet.


    2. Which is correct?

    a. I went to America for a homestay.

    b. I went to America for homestay.


    3. How different are these two sentences?

    a. I played the guitar when I was in high school.

    b. I used to play the guitar when I was in high school.


    Any help would be appreciated.


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    Re: I think I'm lost!

    "I am lost" - lost is a "stative verb"; the word describes a state or condition, like "I am sick". (be + adjective = stative verb)
    I lost my wallet - past simple verb

    "Homestay" is actually an adjective e.g. homestay family, however, because so many students live with homestay families, the phrase is shortened and used as a noun - "I am going to my homestay". So, both your sentences are really incorrect and someone ( even an English speaker) who doesn't know about spending time in other countries and stayng with a family, would not understand your sentence.

    It would be better to say that you are going to America to live with a homestay family.

    No.3 Both sentences mean the same thing.
    Hope this helps.

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    Re: I think I'm lost!

    Quote Originally Posted by bluepinky View Post
    hello,

    1. What part of speech is lost in these sentences?

    A. I think i'm lost. adjective

    b. I lost my wallet. verb
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    Re: I think I'm lost!

    Thanks for the replies. I'm no longer lost.


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    Question Re: I think I'm lost!

    Please help again.


    "I'm lost." - Is this in the passive voice?


    Thanks.

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    Re: I think I'm lost!

    Quote Originally Posted by bluepinky View Post
    Please help again.


    "I'm lost." - Is this in the passive voice?


    Thanks.
    No, it isn't.
    It's similar to I'm happy, I'm clever ...
    But consider "I was lost". This could either be a passive construction or not.
    As the past tense of "I am lost", 'lost' is still an adjective. It's the same construction as "I was sick", "I was happy" - not passive voice.

    But, in "I was lost by my parents", 'lost' is a past participle, and this sentence is the passive voice of "My parents lost me".
    This happens whenever the past participle and the adjective have the same form:
    I was injured; My arm was broken...

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