Mnemotechnic approach to identifying transitive vs verb-adjective constructs

I’m no linguist, grammarian and not even an english speaker, please bear with me. I’m looking for a quick way to identify transitive vs intransitive constructs, for example, in the sentence

“the plant has buried leaves”

even on google NLP, is incorrectly identified as transitive direct with action, where the plant decided to bury its leaves, just like an ostrich would with its head.

Is there a simple Mnemotechnic way to correctly associate ‘bury’ as a verb-adjective to ‘leaves’ or is it a real semantics issue that grammar/syntax can not solve?


Attempting to analyse sentences in isolation runs counter to what language as a system of communication is. There is no way to disambiguate the plant has buried leaves without further context and/or discerning the speaker’s intentions. I.e., no you can’t tell whether the finite verb is has buried or has in this sentence.

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