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Participles

Is crowded a participle in this sentence? "The house was crowded."

Re: Participles

The house was crowded.

No, "crowded" is an adjective, not a verb participle. We can tell it's an adjective by applying certain tests:

1. It can be modified by "very", which can modify adjectives but not verbs: "The house was very crowded".

2. It can occur as complement to a complex-intransitive verbs like "become": "The house became crowded".

3. It can occur as complement to a complex-transitive verbs like "make": "The guests made the house crowded".

"Crowded" clearly has the properties of indisputable adjectives and hence must belong in that class.

Is that okay?

PaulM