I was wondering why we say "something is missing" instead of "something is missed"?

If missed is an adjective then why we use it that way?

E.g.: "The sword is missing".

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    "The sword is missing" and "the sword is missed" mean different things. Dec 19, 2013 at 11:34
  • The sword is missed means what Peter? Dec 19, 2013 at 11:38
  • Missing = "I don't have it". Missed = "I have a longing for it".
    – RegDwigнt
    Dec 19, 2013 at 11:48
  • when doing the inspection, 'the sword was missed.' not is missed
    – user60138
    Dec 19, 2013 at 16:07
  • And then we have "the sword missed" which could leave you open to a deadly attack...
    – Rory Alsop
    Dec 19, 2013 at 16:51

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Imagine you have a collection of objects including a sword, one day you can't see the sword and you don't know where it's gone, then you can say "The sword is missing", meaning it's absent.

Now imagine you had a sword and you gave it to someone, or you got rid of it, the point being you know where it's gone and you don't have it. You see a snake in your lounge and you wish you had your sword to cut its head, you miss the sword and you think "the sword is missed" (passive).

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