66. Variable Meanings of Passive Verbs


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At least three different sub-meanings can be found among passive verbs: stative, dynamic and adjectival

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THE VARIABILITY OF PASSIVE VERB MEANING

The importance of English passive verbs is considered within this blog in the posts 27. How to Avoid Passive Verbs,  69. How Computers Get Grammar Wrong 2 and 113. Verbs That Cannot Be Passive. The last of these, along with the post 21. Active Verbs with Non-Active Meanings 1, also has much to say about what might be called the central meaning of passive verbs. This meaning, however, has some subdivisions − slight variations found in different verbs and different contexts. The aim here is to examine three different sub-meanings that passive verbs can express.

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DYNAMIC AND STATIVE VERB MEANING

Dynamic meaning belongs to actions (doing), where there is energy and change, while stative meaning belongs to states (being), where there is undisturbed continuity. Some English…

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