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Imagine that you are very experienced person, like Dorian Gray. You are tired of life, there is nothing new for you. And you are saying: "I’ve tried everything, and everything has bored". Is has bored correct?

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Yes, but it's plausibly confusing as the mind's eye will tend towards reading 'bored' as an adjective rather than a verb, since the adjective usage is the most common. It's usually better to avoid such confusions unless you intended to cause them for a specific reason.

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    And adjectives are not normally complement to "has", plus inanimate objects don't get bored. Either ... and everything has bored me or ...and everything is boring would be okay. – BillJ Apr 14 '16 at 11:30
  • Perhaps in this case then we mean 'bored' in its hitherto non-dictionary recognised nounal form. Though also I would note that something can be both noun and adjective at the same time; that is: a condition of being is also a condition of describing, after a fashion. Regarding "everything" as an 'inanimate' object I think we are getting into the realms of theological speculation, which I would almost be tempted to call off-topic, except that "[i]n the beginning was the Word..." – Peter David Carter Apr 14 '16 at 11:35
  • You missed my points completely. "Bored" is not a noun in present-day English, so forget that. I cited "bored" as an adjective in the improbable meaning of 'an inanimate object being bored'. And I'm well aware that some words can be both nouns and adjectives, but "bored" isn't one of them. – BillJ Apr 14 '16 at 11:42
  • And why would the mind's eye tend towards reading "bored" as an adjective"? It might do, but I think one would expect either a past participle after the perfect auxiliary "has", or possibly a noun if "bored" is being used transitively. – BillJ Apr 14 '16 at 11:47
  • You're misunderstanding my points of philosophy, BillJ. In a sense a noun is always an adjective, as it is impossible to fully unlock the one from the other. A thing can be evoked in a more 'thing like' or 'describing like' sense, but the one is always partially the other in any given situation. The car may be perceived to be red, but being red is also part of the condition of being a '"red car"', or at least plausibly so (again there are differing opinions). Though I understand why you're getting confused BillJ. These can be difficult understandings for people to get their heads around. – Peter David Carter Apr 14 '16 at 11:52

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