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Is "dressed up" an adjective?

 
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hereinchina



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 3:31 pm    Post subject: Is "dressed up" an adjective? Reply with quote

Hello,
I know the expression "dress up" is a phrasal verb and means the following: to
wear clothes that are more formal than the ones you would usually wear. Is the
expression "dressed up" an adjective in following sentences?
1. I was dressed up for the party.
2. I got dressed up for the party.
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fluffyhamster



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 'be' version could be passive (i.e. dynamic/"actional"/not stative, yet "done-to"), or on the other hand have a stative meaning (in which case the 'be' would be more like a copular than an auxiliary, and the 'dressed [up]' be yes, more adjective-like. The technical term for this latter is 'pseudo-passive'). The 'get' version meanwhile is the unfortunately-named "get-passive", but clearly in this instance something we've done to ourselves. I'd therefore view this 'got dressed' as a verb phrase (aux + past participle), that is, clearly denoting an action.

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hereinchina



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:56 pm    Post subject: thank you very much Reply with quote

Hello,
I truly appreciate your taking the time to answer my question in such a detailed way.
Best wishes
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