Sun 7 Jun, 2015 03:33 pm
I'm reading a book on Chinese grammar that mentions "adjectival verbs" and gives the example "a very expensive cat". What are adjectival verbs, and would this be considered one in English?
I don't see the verb in your example. An example might be "It was a fascinating story." There the verb 'fascinating', is used as an adjective.
I think that's a potentially misleading way of describing "fascinating". We need to distinguish between the verb participle form, as in "He was fascinating her" and the adjective form in "He found her fascinating". Nowadays, they belong to two separate categories (verb and adjective respectively).