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Can I say,

(a) They felt the orphans were very pity.

(b) They were pity for / to / of the orphans.

(c) They felt orphans very pity.

(d) They felt pity for / to / of the orphans.
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Vincent TeoCan I say,

(a) They felt the orphans were very pity. - No

(b) They were pity for / to / of the orphans. - The felt pity towards/for the orphans. - They pitied the orphans.

(c) They felt orphans very pity. - No

(d) They felt pity for / to / of the orphans. - They felt pity for the orphans.

Pity is a noun or adjective?

Can I say,

"The orphans were pity"
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Vincent TeoPity is a noun or adjective?

Can I say,

"The orphans were pity" - NO

Pity is a noun or a verb - to pity.
"Pity" is an noun and a verb. The adjective is "pitiable." The adverb is "pitiably." "The children were crying pitiably."

You can say "The orphans were pitiable." You may also say, "The orphans were pitied." That is, someone pitied the orphans.

A.
Sorry A, I didn't give him the adjective, as Nona had told him to find the adjective in another thread.
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I haven't been keeping up very well, Opti. (Do you think we should double-team him??) Is this like when Mother says "no" you try it on Father?

Best wishes, - A.
Should I know the position of the verb?

She felt pity (pity is a noun? or adjective?)

Normally, we say , she felt happy / sad (as a position of adjective)
Vincent TeoShould I know the position of the verb?

She felt pity (pity is a noun? or adjective?)

Normally, we say , she felt happy / sad (as a position of adjective)

She felt pity for the abused child. (noun)
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