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In the sentence: "So amazed he cannot speak", is "amazed" an adjective?

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    this isn't a full sentence. it's a fragment. it lacks a verb (likely "to be" as in "He was so amazed...").
    – Charles
    Jul 30, 2012 at 20:55

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Yes, X has to be an adjective in the predicate construction

  • be so X that S

where S is any tensed clause (in this case, S = he cannot speak).

If it were a noun phrase, one would use such (a) instead of so

  • be such (a(n)) X that S

E.g,

  • He was so mean that she slapped him.
  • He was such a jerk that she slapped him.

Both of these mean that the degree of X is high enough to bring about S.

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Yes amazed is an adjective. It describes he.

Edit:

Per the comments, if the sentence was expanded to He was so amazed... the word amazed would be a predicate adjective describing he.

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