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The moon hung low above the horizon, and all around it the pale sky was still spangled with stars.
I read the above in "The Golden horsemen of Baghdad".
How do we decide whether "spangled" is an adjective or a passive construction?
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JigneshbharatiHow do we decide whether "spangled" is an adjective or a passive construction?

Test it to see if it's an adjective, and if it fails the test, then it's part of a passive construction.

But to do this, you must be able to create sentences of your own, and then decide whether these sentences are grammatical. As a learner of English, you may just be substituting one problem for another.


An adjective generally can be used before a noun, after a linking verb, with the adverbs very, rather, more, or most, (sometimes with already), and coordinated with another adjective with and. Not all of these are possible for every adjective, but they are generally possible for most adjectives.

The sky was very spangled with stars tonight.
The sky was more spangled with stars last night.
The sky was spangled and bright with stars.

The three sentences above are grammatical, so they show three ways that 'spangled' is an adjective.

CJ

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Thanks a lot CJ!