Adjective vs. Passive voice

English grammar questions, answered by Alan

Moderator: Alan

Gold Member
Posts: 140
Joined: Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:34 pm
Status: English Learner

Adjective vs. Passive voice

Post by 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?

User avatar
Protector of the Boards
Protector of the Boards
Posts: 883
Joined: Thu Dec 18, 2003 6:56 am
Status: English Teacher
Location: England

Re: Adjective vs. Passive voice

Post by Joe » 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.