What would be the correct name for the following formula: is + past participle. Would this be the present perfect?

An example sentence would be- The meat is stored in the freezer.


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This example is Present Simple Passive.

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    Yes. But.. only if it's generic, and only if it refers to an event and can have a by-agent phrase added; The meat is stored in the freezer by the butcher, but he puts the sausage in the front locker. If it simply means that the freezer is the location of the meat (with no action implied or referred to), then stored is simply a Predicate Adjective formed (as many are) from a past participle, and not a product of Passive Formation. It's hard to tell. Apr 13, 2013 at 18:26
  • @John Lawler: Thanks for the information, I did not know that.
    – fluffy
    Apr 13, 2013 at 18:36
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    The meat is stored in the freezer by the butcher, but the baker is kept at room temperature next to the oven.
    – MetaEd
    Apr 13, 2013 at 18:58
  • Thanks John, you hit the nail on the head. There is no action implied or referred to. Apr 14, 2013 at 4:18
  • The same problem can arise with -ing forms. 'They are flying planes trailing colourful smoke' is obviously ambiguous: is 'flying' part of the verb phrase, or an adjective? Oct 6, 2014 at 6:20

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