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Hi

Would you say that accusing here can be considered both a verb and an adjective?

Her words were not accusing but his tone was.

Thanks,

Tom

PS: Can I drop a and an in my question? -- be considered both verb and adjective?

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One thing is certain -- "accusing" can't belong to two word classes (parts of speech) at the same time, but only to one or the other.

What is your opinion? Can you think of any tests that can be performed to determine whether "accusing" is an adjective or a verb?

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Thanks, Bill J.

I think I could tell that accusing is working as an adjective in the given sentence, just like interesting (His words were not accusing/interesting...)-- but, apart from the fact that accuse is a transitive verb, the sentence could be viewed something like this too.

A - Are you accusing me?

B - No, I'm not

A - At least your tone is.

Perhaps I asked a silly question, yes. Could you please see my PS in the original post?

Best,

Tom

Yes, I'd agree that "accusing" is best analysed as an adjective, particularly as it can be modified by "very", which can't modify verbs. We understand that his words were not of an accusing nature.

No, I would't drop "a" and "an" in this instance.