Your answer pleases me(Active voice)

I am pleased with your answer.(passive voice)

I think it is difficult to say whether pleased is a participle or an adjective in the sentence in the passive voice We know that pleased can be a verb and an adjective too.

If somebody asked us to say whether pleased is an adjective or a verb in the sentence, what would be our answer.?


I think we will face the problem when verbs such as satisfy, please , interest which can be adjectives as past participles are used as verbs.

English interests me.( active voice)

I am interested in English(passive voice)

Here intersted is both a verb and adjective.

The problem arises when past participles and adjective forms are the same.

He likes me(active voice)

I am liked by him( passive voice)

Here liked is clearly a verb

Here is a links which show pleased as an adjective. and please as a verb.



This is not at all a dupiicate because staple is a verb and stapled is the past participle of staple but it is not adjective but pleased , satisfied, and dissatisfied are listed as verbs and adjectives.

Even if we change the tense they are difficult to classify.

I was pleased with your answer.

I was satisfied with your answer

I will be satisfied with your answer

I will be pleased with your answer

Here is a link which shows staple only as a verb


Here is another link which shows satisfy as a verb followed by the preposition with


  • Incorrect presupposition: I am pleased with your answer is not Passive. Passive would use by, and it would more likely be past tense, reporting a completed event of the answer pleasing the speaker, and not a current state of the speaker's being pleased with it (which is a predicate adjective). – John Lawler Oct 30 '19 at 16:26
  • Some examples are easier to parse than others. Jack was married, but Joe was single. / John was married to Jill* on the fifth of November. [*and vice-versa for those looking for possible examples of sexism] – Edwin Ashworth Oct 30 '19 at 16:52
  • I think I have shown many links and examples to show that satisfy, please etc are difficult to classify in the passive.The previous questions were not as detailed – successive suspension Oct 30 '19 at 17:06
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    Voted to reopen. – Justin Oct 30 '19 at 17:21
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    Yes, "pleased" is an adjective as evident from the fact that it can be modified by "very". Same applies to "satisfied". – BillJ Oct 30 '19 at 17:57