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Adjective vs. Passive voice

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Adjective vs. Passive voice

Postby SARDORBEK » Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:47 am

(a) I'm interested in Greek culture.
(b) He’s worried about losing his job.
(c) I’m excited about going to Japan.

In these three sentences above are boldfaced words adjectives ending in -ed
or do they function as a passive voice? In some grammar books,
they are named --> stative passive
As a foreign student I cannot distinguish them :-(
Please, could You help me with the problem?
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Re: Adjective vs. Passive voice

Postby Josef » Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:07 pm

"Interested", "worried" and "excited" in your sentences are sometimes described as "stative passives that function like adjectives" ("stative" because they describe a prolonged "status" rather than "action", and "passive" because they occur in a superficially passive construction) OR as "adjectives". In either case, your sentences are in the active voice, not passive.
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