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Old 12-16-07, 09:41 AM   #1
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"The identified shooter worked illegally."

Is "identified" a past participle or an adjective? Both?
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Old 12-16-07, 09:42 AM   #2
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I do not speak English, I am American.
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"The identified shooter worked illegally."

Is "identified" a past participle or an adjective? Both?
Both, in a sense. Technically, it's a past participle. I call such words "verbal adjectives", because that says more about what they are.
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I do not speak English, I am American.
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To the OP, I think that would be an adjective. But then again, I'm basing that off my knowledge of German. Why am I using German to solve an English question, I don't know.
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Old 12-16-07, 01:47 PM   #6
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To the OP, I think that would be an adjective. But then again, I'm basing that off my knowledge of German. Why am I using German to solve an English question, I don't know.
Because most of us never actually learned English until we took a foreign language. Honestly, I learned far more about English grammar from one year of Latin than the nine years prior.

I love how this is currently sitting adjacent to two threads entitled, "Oh hai" and "Losted my Ipod." /irony
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Adjective. It modifies "shooter," of course. It answers the question: "which shooter was it?"
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To the OP, I think that would be an adjective. But then again, I'm basing that off my knowledge of German. Why am I using German to solve an English question, I don't know.
Because English evolved from German.
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Because English evolved from German.
Nooo!

English evolved from West Germanic, just as German did.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Germanic_languages
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"The identified shooter worked illegally."

Is "identified" a past participle or an adjective? Both?

I'm a "certified" English expert, and I'm not quite sure I could define the term "past participle."

Well, that's a joke. As is teaching the concept in the first place.

As others have noted, such information is useful when learning foreign languages. That's about all it is good for.
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its a metaphor. it translates to ??????
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