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In the sentence, "She took a hair from the box that was marked "Big Hex"." is marked a verb or adjective? And can you explain why?

  • If "marked" refers to a state, it's an adjective; otherwise it's a verb in a passive clause. – BillJ Apr 23 at 16:51
  • so what does that mean in this example? – Math Major Apr 24 at 4:53
  • If the marking denotes the state the box was in, then "marked" is an adjective. But if it denotes an action. i.e. someone was doing the marking, then "marked" is a passive verb, as in "... the box that was marked 'Big Hex' by Ed". The former is the more salient interpretation. – BillJ Apr 24 at 6:03

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