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When I write, "I was was born in Timbuktu," is born an adjective or a verb? The dictionary says adjective but isn't it the main verb in a strange passive construction?
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Born is both an adjective and the past participle of bear. Here it is the past participle, used in the standard passive voice construction for a birth. Nothing strange about that, just of restricted use.

Thanks! In fact, I had never thought of the existence of a sentence like "I bore him" with the meaning "I gave birth to him, " nor the kindred sentence, "I have born him." Had you? Emotion: big smile Then there is -- to me -- the strange sounding sentence, "I am bearing a child," meaning "I am giving birth to a child." Ha! How little do I know!

BTW a dictionary that gets it wrong is http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=born

adj. Abbr. b.


    1. Brought into life by birth.
    2. Brought into existence; created: A new nation was born with the revolution.
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Yes, I had, Voxxi-- that's my job.

Dictionary.com hasn't gotten it wrong; it has given definitions only for the adjective; the undefined participle is listed above.
Oh, OK, I guess if you are a midwife or an obstetrician, you use such sentences routinely. Pleased you were able to confirm my impression re. the word. My reading of what the dictionary says is not the same as yours, but ... no matter. I believe the question has been resolved and that is what counts. Cheers!
the word born is usually used as a verb "past tense and past participle of "b ear" ; given birth to."

but it can also be used as an adjective .[Y]
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I know! I always wonder that too!

Born is it a verb or adjective? When I'm saying I was born....

It is an irregular participial adjective (an adjective derived from a verb):


I will amaze you - You were amazed (Regular participial adjective)

I will frighten you - You were frightened (Regular participial adjective)

I will bear you - You were born (Irregular participial adjective)

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