[New-Poetry] Parts of Speech Question
bobgrumman at nut-n-but.net
Sun Oct 31 06:20:40 EDT 2010
On 10/30/2010 9:42 PM, John Jeffrey wrote:
> Things get sticky with intent. I say it's an adjective because of the
> phrase you used, "the spoken word." To me, that phrase has lost all
> active intent, like the phrases "the written word" or "the printed
> word." When we say "the printed word," we're not really implying
> those giant spinning printers seen in the movies. "Printed," in that
> phrase, having lost all it's verbal qualities, has been tossed out of
> the verb club. "Spoken," in "the spoken word," is also out of the club.
> Then again, yes, it is a participle because it's derived from a verb.
> So if you want to get all exact about it...
> But I'm still sticking with adjective.
> (Poor Bob, with your propensity to want to "taxonomify" everything and
> have it all in nice, neat piles, I'd steer clear of grammar.)
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