How do you determine if a past participle--when used as a pre-modifier of a noun--is a verb or an adjective?
a. I saw a broken vase.
b. I saw a murdered man.
I think broken in a. is an ...
"The cat was surrounded by mice."
What part of speech is "surrounded" in this sentence? To me, it seems like the verb "surround" is being used as a past participle in the passive voice... hence, it's ...
Consider these sentences
The table is clean.
The table is cleaned.
The table is painted.
As I understand, there are two types of sentences here. From the first example, we have a subject the table, ...
In many grammar descriptions, it says that adjectives that end in -ed are used to describe a feeling (or how a person feels) or an emotion. It is used to describe a temporary thing.
With an adjective ...
I've read this sentence in a book:
Like most languages, C# lets you define local variables, which are named elements inside a method that each hold a piece of information.
I can see this sentence in ...